Texas Ends Last Meal Requests Before Executions

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Texas Ends Last Meal Requests Before Executions
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Sat, 09-24-2011 - 5:10am

It's Texas' way sometimes, a shotgun approach when a little alteration would have fixed the problem.

 

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Registered: 03-09-2001
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 8:31pm

I know! How about a slice of bread & a cup of water? :P


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 9:39am
I recall this case as being used in an anti-Bush ad. Ironically Democrats thought Texas (and Bush as then Governor of Texas) wasn't tough enough on those who perpetrate hate crimes.

As to last meals, I don't personally mind giving someone about to be executed a final meal of their choice. They are about to pay the ultimate price for a crime. Some compassion wouldn't hurt imo.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 12:53pm
I agree with you. I don't mind giving those who are going to be executed a last meal of their choice.

I'm a bit surprised that those who don't want to give them a least meal of their choice haven't just advocated for not giving them a meal at all. After all, they are going to be dead so who cares if they are hungry.
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Registered: 11-13-2009
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 4:58pm

To r3dx1:

This case was last week, so your memory is wrong. You probably should look that stuff up, or simply read what's in the original post before typing.

To All:

The guy played the system, and politicians fell for it instead of making a simple adjustment to the rule. Limit the $ amount next time. How hard is that?

Four men probably couldn't have eaten the meal he ordered. Those in power knew that. How could they not?

Anyway, to punish every person Texas is going to execute in the future is stupid overkill. It was done for political reasons, they're always looking to the next election, and being tough on crime is one of their "tools".



 

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 5:04pm
<< I'm a bit surprised that those who don't want to give them a least meal of their choice haven't just advocated for not giving them a meal at all. >>

Oh, some have. And besides the usual, "well, did his victim get a last meal of their choice?" ... there are those that think they shouldn't be given a meal at all because of the bodily waste that might result. I read some gross stuff. People are just mean, sitting behind their computer screens, with no accountability for the things that spew out of their keyboards.

Ok, sometimes that's me, lol! But I got nothing on some of the people posting about this story on Texas news forums.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2001
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 5:47pm

This guy was a sociopath and deserved to die. His ordering of the huge meal was giving the finger to the system that convicted him. That's all it was. His final gesture of contempt. I agree, set limits that make reasonable sense, serving for one. Actually, getting what's going to be prepared already in the prison kitchen seems reasonable enough. Shrug. Getting fed, right? Why should they be rewarded with some luxurious meal at taxpayer expense? :O


Blessings,

Gypsy

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 10:41pm
The final meals were made only from the ingredients in the prison kitchen. No take-outs. Taxpayer expense is a minimum.

 

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 11:13pm

Here's how I see it. A person is about to be executed. There are no do-overs for either the state or the individual. So what if the outrageous last meal request is the equivalent of a rude gesture? It's such a trivial act when that meal is the last one. If the state is going to take a life, granting a last meal wish is mighty picayune by comparison, whatever the fiscal cost might be. I doubt it would exceed $200 at most.

"Goodbye life, we can spare thousands to go through the legal and physical means of executing you--but it costs too much for us to provide the last food you will ever see or eat."

Huh. I am unimpressed. Seems too damn petty.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-09-2001
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 12:11am

Not to mention all the *years* at taxpayer expense winding down appeals, often 15-20 years, *before* an execution date is finally set. Heck, for this sociopath, he's so special after all, how about a farewell cake, the poor "victim" of the evil gov't & court system??? "Goodbye. So long."


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 12:59am
Yes, the appeal process is long and expensive. Not sure what that has to do with the topic. A regular size meal cooked in the prison kitchen by an inmate would cost very little.

<< Heck, for this sociopath, he's so special after all, how about a farewell cake, the poor "victim" of the evil gov't & court system??? "Goodbye. So long." >>

I don't get what you're saying here. He's already dead, and no one claimed he was a "poor victim" of evil gov't or anything else.

 

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