Texas Decides Not to Execute Someone For a Change
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This afternoon, Texas Governor Rick Perry tried to do something different for a change. He spared the life of a man facing execution.
This is a huge victory for the family and supporters of Kenneth Foster, a man who, at age 19, was sentenced to die for a murder that he did not commit.
Governor Perry would never have reached this decision on his own. It took a 6 to 1 recommendation by of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles this morning for him to commute his death sentence. In its history, the Board had only ever recommended clemency twice--and Perry had never granted it.
This decision was not a sudden change of heart. It was the result of a tireless campaign by activists in Texas and elsewhere, as well as the unstoppable courage of Kenneth's family--especially his 11-year old daughter, Nydesha, who has been a courageous defender of her dad.
Liliana Segura is a writer and activist living in New York