a sign of compassion it has been customary for those set to be executed by the government to have their last meal include whatever they desire.
In Texas that is no longer an option as those sentenced to die wanted to create one more victim - the taxpayers.
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 wasn’t the first case of someone ordering enough food for a large family instead of themselves and the legislators had enough.
“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.
Within hours, Livingston said the senator’s concerns were valid and the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their final meal was history.
It’s the right decision. Those proven to have killed someone don’t deserve the opportunity to exploit the taxpayers one last time. The person who was killed in the crime didn’t receive a sign of compassion and neither should the person who caused the loss of life.