Texas ends special last meals for prisoners on death row.

Texas prison officials stopped the practice of letting condemned inmates…

Texas prison officials stopped the practice of letting condemned inmates choose their last meal after a prominent state senator complained about the expansive request from a man executed this week for his role in 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.

“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.

Source: Michael Graczyk for the Associated Press via Officer.com.

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