Criminal Justice

Texas Gov Commutes Death Sentence


Texas Gov. Rick Perry has never commuted a death sentence before. But he did so today for Kenneth Foster, 30, who was scheduled to be executed tonight for serving as the getaway car driver in a 1996 fatal robbery.

Following another highly unusual development in the case—the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole recommended clemency—Perry decided to commute Foster’s sentence to life imprisonment, reports Court TV. Although legally culpable for the crimes of his cohorts, Foster won public sympathy because he was sitting in a car 80 feet away when the victim in the case, the son of a prominent San Antonio lawyer, was shot to death.

More details about the case are discussed in another ABAJournal.com post earlier today.

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