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.
Texas prison officials stopped the practice of letting condemned inmates choose their last meal…
by Donald J. Mihalek / Sep 23, 2011