On August 30, a Texas convict is set to be executed for murder, even though everyone acknowledges he did not kill anyone. Kenneth Foster was the driver for a group of friends who went about town robbing people at gunpoint one night in 1996 when one of those friends got into an altercation and shot a man dead.
Foster is no angel, indeed. But we don’t execute people for robbery in this country. Well, yet. Under a Texas statute referred to as the “law of parties,” though, anyone who was a party to a murder can be convicted and executed for it. That’s how Foster ended up on death row.
I remember as a kid getting in trouble when a member of my group of friends unexpectedly did something they weren’t supposed to do: tossing an object at a car, taking an item from someone’s driveway, etc.
How are we to know what our friends are thinking about doing, and why should we be held responsible for their actions? Are we the fucking Borg Collective or something?
Foster should’ve only been convicted on the robbery and weapons charges. Unfortunately for him, Texas seems to be competing with China for the title "Most Execution-Happy Place On The Map."