Good. I’ve always thought that they should simply be offered the exact same meal being served by the prison commissary on the day of their executions. If they don’t want to eat, no sweat off my back.
Death Row inmates have been abusing the privilege for years, but the two scheduled executions this week brought the mockery to the attention of State Senator John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
First there was Cleve Foster — this week was his third trip to the death chamber this year. And he received his third stay. Unlike the first two trips, he did not get a chance to eat his “final” meal, which was 2 whole fried chickens and a five gallon bucket of peaches. Seriously 5 gallons of peaches.
Then, apparently the one that prompted Whitmire to send his letter of complaint to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, was the final meal of white supremacist Lawrence Brewer, who requested two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread. And then proceeded not to eat a bite of it (I can’t imagine having much of an appetite just hours from my known time of death).
Via Fox News:
Texas inmates who are set to be executed will no longer get their choice of last meals, a change prison officials made Thursday after a prominent state senator became miffed over an expansive request from a man condemned for a notorious dragging death…
…”It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege,” Sen. John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, wrote in a letter Thursday to Brad Livingston, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Within hours, Livingston said the senator’s concerns were valid and the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their final meal was history.
“Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made,” Livingston said. “They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.”
That had been the suggestion from Whitmire, who called the traditional request “ridiculous.”
“It’s long overdue,” the Houston Democrat told The Associated Press after he was informed of Livingston’s decision. “This old boy last night, enough is enough. We’re fixing to execute the guy and maybe it makes the system feel good about what they’re fixing to do. Kind of hypocritical, you reckon?
“Mr. Byrd didn’t get to choose his last meal. The whole deal is so illogical.”
Good for you, Sen. Whitmire; this has been long overdue. Oh, and before all you Liberal bed wetters start screaming, Sen. Whitmire is a Democrat.
So…ironically enough, the two final last meals requested from the death chamber not only were never eaten, but they were also truly the “last.” And who’s the first condemned man to be affected by this new rule? Frank Martinez Garcia. I’ll bet he really hates that white supremacist cracker even more now. Garcia is scheduled for execution on October 27.
At long last, no more chickens will have to give their lives so that these merciless animals might have one final tasty meal.