While most people are understandably concerned with the controversial execution of Troy Davis that took place earlier this week, some politicians are focusing on the real hard-hitting issues, like what inmates are allowed to eat before being put to death.
Basically, a white supremacist named Lawrence Brewer was also executed this week for the horrific murder of a black man, and his last meal request was so outlandish that Texas officials want to end the "last meal" tradition altogether. State Senator John Whitmire wrote a letter to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice detailing his outrage:
For TDCJ to allow inmate Brewer to order… two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream and a pound of barbecue with half a loaf of white bread is ridiculous.
Brewer also didn't eat any of this insane amount of food, if that affects your opinion on the matter. In any case, Whitmire demanded that the TDCJ "end this practice immediately," and the department's executive director responded in kind:
I believe Senator Whitmire's concerns regarding the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their last meal are valid. Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made. They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.
Okay, so that is a pretty preposterous meal request, but does that really mean the most execution-happy state in the union needs to do away with last meals for everyone? Or at the very least, if we're going to raise ethical concerns about the way taxpayer money is allotted to death-row inmates, maybe that conversation should be just a little bit bigger-picture than a squabble over their last meals.