Gov. Perry on Friday just hours before Kenneth Foster was to be executed for driving a getaway car (1996), commuted his sentence to life. There was global outcry on this Texas man’s destiny with death. Kudos to Perry who also wants to change the law that creates a death penalty for someone who did not pull a trigger or kill someone. One of my Mississippi in-laws (he’s black, she’s white) killed his wife and got 20 years, and will be out in about 10. There is a deep inequity across states as well as across the color line. Hopefully, this governor will take leadership on the issue. It also rings true that people who kill people they know or love get a lesser sentence than if one kills a stranger. Does that make sense?
One of the big stories locally is a gas. Gas drilling in the Barnett Shale has been causing sleepless nights with explosions, and unexpected gas releases and big rigs sitting in an urban setting. It is called “urban drilling,” but the green people think it is more like “urban killing.” Many who have pricey homes are vowing to fight it. But with eminent domain do they have the clout to challenge these laws? I have already signed on the dotted line. I think it’s inevitable, not Hillary Clinton.
Finally, in global news there were two memorial ceremonies commemorating the death of the people’s Princess Diana (died at 36) held today in London, England.