Friday, September 23, 2011

the last meal

In 1991 Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. But since that trial (in which there was no physical evidence linking him to the scence), seven out of the nine witnesses who testified against him have recanted their testimony, raising serious concerns about Troy's guilt. Despite these doubts and three previous stays of execution, the state of Georgia decided to proceed with Troy's execution--now scheduled for next Wednesday September 21st.
On the 21 of September the state of Georgia did indeed put Troy Davis to death.

Mr. Davis refused his last meal.
On the other hand in the state of Texas 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.

Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed Wednesday for the hate crime slaying of James Byrd Jr. more than a decade ago, asked for two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, fried okra, a pound of barbecue, three fajitas, a meat lover's pizza, a pint of ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. Prison officials said Brewer didn't eat any of it.

The state of Texas says that is too much so hence forth all men or women in Texas who will be put to death can not pick their last meal.

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