I think he's referring to Kenneth Foster, the driver of a vehicle used in a getaway after a murder whose execution sentence Governor Perry recently commuted to life. (In all honesty, given the state of Texas' prisons, I'm not sure LWOP is a better deal.) But the same situation also explains quite a few of the "murderers" who got probation in the big Dallas News series on "probation for murder." The "law of parties" as practiced has been expansively broadened at the ignominious Texas Court of Criminal Appeals under Presiding Judge Sharon Keller and Co.. By contrast:
India and other common law countries have followed England in abolishing the doctrine. In 1990, the Canadian Supreme Court did away with felony murder liability for accomplices, saying it violated “the principle that punishment must be proportionate to the moral blameworthiness of the offender.”That approach, to me, seems more just.Here's another great example why Democrats need some horses, er ... candidates, to step up and run for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, not just for Democrats to appear competitive in every seat, a laudable but not necessarily strategic goal, but just in case Democrats get lucky and experience a Dallas-style Democratic sweep because of national electoral trends. If that happens, failure to field candidates in these three statewide seats will appear, in retrospect, like leaving money on the table. If there's a chance to improve this egregious court in the least and Texans don't take it, it would be a tremendous waste.
There's only a short time left to get the necessary signatures from around the state, although I'll bet some of our friends in the netroots could help accomplish that quicker than might otherwise be possible. So if you're planning to throw your hat in the ring, shoot me an email to let me know and I'll help you tap into several other folks who are desperately looking for horses ... er, candidates, to run for these three seats.