No More Last Meals for Death Row Cons in Texas

They can no longer make special requests
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2011 6:34 PM CDT
Updated Sep 25, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Lawrence Russell Brewer.   (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

(Newser) – Death row inmates in Texas can no longer request special last meals, and they can blame racist killer Lawrence Russell Brewer. Before he was executed this week, Brewer ordered up a Texas-sized feast, according to the Austin American-Statesman: "Two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, large bowl of fried okra, 3 fajitas and a pound of barbeque with a half-loaf of white bread on the side." Plus a pint of ice cream for dessert. The problem: He barely touched it.

When that tidbit surfaced, a state lawmaker complained: “Enough is enough. It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege … one which the perpetrator did not provide to their victim.” State prison officials quickly announced the end of the program: Those about to die will get what all the other prisoners are getting. Daily Intel has more on the fascination about last meals.

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