'Last meals' pulled from menu

POSTED: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:17am

UPDATED: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:17am

For nearly a century Texas death row inmates have been granted a special "last meal", but that option has been pulled from the menu after the uneaten feast of Lawrence Russell Brewer last week.

A white supremacist, Brewer was convicted of the 1998 murder of an east Texas black man, James Byrd.

He dragged Byrd for several miles behind a pick-up truck, and has never expressed remorse for the crime.

Wednesday, prior to his execution, Brewer ordered his last meal, and it being left uneaten was the last straw for one state senator.

Brewer's food request included two chicken-fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pound of barbecue with bread, and ice cream.

The chairman of the state Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Senator John Whitmire, was outraged that Brewer never touched the food.

"He's a bad person and it might very well be he was trying to show us that we couldn't control things right up to the end. Why didn't someone use judgment and put that to a stop?" Whitmire asked.

Whitmire, who has been trying to end the last meal for years, raised a ruckus on Thursday, and the Department of Criminal Justice announced there will be no more last meals.

"Can you imagine the victim's family who were there to witness the execution, knowing this killer of their brother was getting special treatments. It's just wrong and it has ended," Whitmire said.

From now on condemned prisoners will get what other inmates receive, nothing more and nothing less.

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