The Law of Parties

How I wish the Law of Parties was all about having a good time with your friends.  It’s not.  If you are party to a capital crime in Texas, say you are sitting in a car while a friend of yours decides it would be a good idea to kill the gas station attendant while he’s inside buying drinks and snacks, you can be sentenced to death and executed.

Since I’ve been in Texas there have been two scheduled executions and there are two more scheduled for the coming week, including Jeff Wood, a Law of Parties case. Jeff Wood’s case resembles the example I described above.

Please click on the link above, Jeff Wood’s name, and read about his case and join me in contacting the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry,  and the Board of Pardons and Paroles to ask them to stop the execution of Jeff Wood, scheduled for August 21.

Save Jeff Wood is on facebook.

There’s also information at Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

– Mahatma Gandhi

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

– Gandalf the Grey in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

There’s a pale horse comin’
I’m gonna ride it
I’ll rise in the morning
My fate decided
I’m a dead man walkin’
I’m a dead man walkin’

– Bruce Springsteen, “Dead Man Walkin'”

Texas, you’re big and small town, foreign and friendly, slow and frenzied,  beautiful and … barbaric.

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