A death-row chaplain has acknowledged helping a condemned inmate smuggle out letters. Some of the inmate's letters were posted online and threatened a state senator and his family.
Prison officials have recommended firing chaplain Richard Anderson.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons says it's not known if the letters Anderson mailed for death row prisoner Richard Tabler are the ones that ended up on a Web site dedicated to condemned inmates and their cases. The chaplain's actions circumvent rules that require monitoring of nearly all inmate mail.
Officials say Tabler told them about the chaplain's actions and the chaplain then confirmed it.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Did chaplain smuggle threatening letter out of death row?
A TDCJ chaplain admitted to smuggling letters out of death row on behalf of inmates, possibly including one that containing a veiled against a member of state Sen. John Whitmire's family. He will likely be fired, AP reports :