Justice or Mercy?

Just hours ago I discovered the story of Kenneth Foster, a man condemned to die though all parties involved in his case know for a fact that he did not commit murder.  After having some time to let the issue stew in my head, I still can’t understand it, and I think this is one of those things I’m just not going to let die.

So buckle in boys and girls, you’re going to be hearing a lot about this man for the rest of this month here, I think it’s important.

I want to first thank my old buddy, Cernig.  Knowing that he lives in Texas (I wouldn’t call him a Texan… There are just some things you don’t do to friends), I brought Foster’s predicament to his attention, and he was gracious enough to throw up a great post.

Further, he redirected me to the Agonist who, as it turns out was actually a very close friend of the man murdered.  Back in July, Sean-Paul Kelley said, “Get to know this name: Kenneth Foster, Jr. You are going to be hearing a lot of it the next 30 days because I have a personal stake in this matter.

His stake in the matter being simply this; though he was a very close friend of the victim, he, much like I an independent observer, could not find the justification or justice in the execution of a man who was not the murderer of his friend.

I personally want to express a great deal of respect for Kelley.  No one particularly close to me has passed, not through natural causes or through murder, but when asked the hypothetical, when the scenario is posed to me that I’ve lost someone close to me because of murder, I still stand fast to my opposition to the Death Penalty.  My resolve’s just not been tested.

Kelley’s has, and that fortitude of principle is admirable beyond the telling.

I don’t speak for this blog, but I do speak for myself, and in this matter, I would like Kelley to know that at least until this is over, I’m in.

2 Responses to “Justice or Mercy?”

  1. Macswain says:

    You speak for me on this one.

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