Many of you have probably already read the news that the State of Texas today plans to execute a black man who it knows did not commit murder. Kenneth Foster was driving the getaway car during a teenage robbery spree, and watched his companion kill a man 90 feet away from the car where he sat. All the men involved — including the killer — have said murder was not a premeditated part of their evening. But as the Dallas Morning News writes, "Ours is the only state in the country to apply the ‘law of parties’ to capital cases, allowing accomplices to pay the ultimate penalty for a murder committed by another."
The only hope for Foster — and the dignity of Texas — is a reprieve from the state pardon/parole board and Governor Rick Perry. Stay tuned.