September 23rd, 2011
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The hefty last meal ordered but not eaten by an executed Texas inmate brought a complaint from a state senator and the end Thursday to the practice of special menus.

Sen. John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, wrote Thursday that he opposed the practice of providing a last meal of choice to the condemned.

"It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege. One which the perpetrator did not provide to their victim," Whitmire wrote.

The Democrat, who represents Houston and parts of north Harris County, said "enough is enough" after Lawrence Russell Brewer ordered two chicken fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet with other ingredients, a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream and a pound of barbecue with a half-loaf of white bread.

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  1. Diesel Fit

    I don't know how I feel about this but it's death row, let em' eat!

    September 14, 2014 at 2:56 am |
  2. X H


    April 29, 2014 at 4:18 am |
  3. Unencumbered by facts

    Ahm with Senna-ta Hotbutton:

    We gotta stop coddlin' these boys (and gals) on Death Row.

    Bowl of the warden's wife's brussel sprouts. And a plastic spoon to eat 'em with.

    Take it or leave it.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Topvillain

      That was hilarious

      October 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  4. Paul Kenfield

    Aren't we as a society supposed to be better than someone on death row? More human, humane and all the things that come with it? How many of those decrying the last meal profess to be Christian? How many of the others in the same camp follow any other religion? Do you not realize what they say about mercy, compassion, doing better than others who wrong you? Shame on all of you for forgetting exactly why we make the separation between society and those in prison.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  5. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Everyone missed the fact he never touched any part of the huge meal he ordered.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • SKW

      @victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Who missed that? It doesn't matter if he ate it or not. He had the option of ordering it in the first place.

      September 27, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  6. SKW

    I'm all for this. Some a**hole kills and dismembers someone's mother/aunt/grandma/sister, etc. and he's given the option of a special last meal of BBQ and ice cream? Give me a break.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  7. monty python

    how bout spam spam spam spam spam and spam?

    September 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  8. Necrofun

    I feel bad for the next guy in line for execution. He'll only get a piece of cold toast.

    September 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Rob Zomb!e@Necrofun

      It's more than he deserves.

      September 26, 2011 at 7:12 am |
      • Mike S.

        I deserve to live in a country that doesn't have something in common with North Korea, China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.

        October 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  9. Noxious Sunshine

    I'm against the death penalty regardless of whether a last meal is available or not. Sure, I think a lot of these sick cabrones deserve to die, but I'm also not the Karma Police – and neither is the legal system, really. Sending someone to their death like only drags us down to the same level as the murderer himself when he committed the crime. Personally, I think they should be granted a few shots of whiskey & a fat doobie to enjoy with their meal (nothing expensive, of course.. And -no- I dont partake in ganja smoking anymore lol)..

    September 24, 2011 at 3:52 am |
  10. Greg

    I'm tired of hearing about the "victim's perspective" or the "criminal's perspective". Law is about truth, facts, and justice, not about emotions or trying to decide how someone feels. Taking away last meals for prisoners seems to be a purely political gesture to show how tough someone is on crime. Get over it. We're talking ONE meal. Let them keep their damned last meal and let's discuss bigger issues.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • 12mchen

      Agreed. This is too much common sense though for politics.

      September 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • AndyTheGameInventor

      The last meal is not and has never been for the benefit of the condemned. It's for the benefit of society to feel less guilty about performing an execution. It's our pat on our collective backs to show how kind and civilizied we are. While I support capital punishment (but also feel that life without parole is just as much of a punishment and is more appropriate when there is ANY question of guilt) I think the last meal serves no good purpose.

      September 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  11. Captain Slapaho

    Just goes to show that it takes one moron to spoil it for the rest.
    And from the menu, it looks like he was trying to go our from a heart attack before he ever got to the chamber.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm |

    Let them order whatever they want & give 'em a Bologna Sandwich .

    September 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

      LM AO! But I do agree!

      September 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  13. Limitations

    I thought there was limits on how much a person would be allowed to spend on their last meal. It was something like $30 or less, I can't remember. Meaning, he shouldn't have been able to order enough for ten meals.

    That's what they should do. Allow the death row inmates to order something special, but limit it to either certain items, such as pizza, steak or seafood, or limit it to a certain dollar amount.

    They shouldn't take away their last meal. Yeah, they probably didn't give their victims the same consideration, but the death penalty is not a vengence mission. It's punishment for the crime they commited. And considering how many people have been proven innocent off death row or posthumously, I think taking away the one luxury they can look forward to is a little heartless.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Zephyr

      "... the one luxury they can look forward to is a little heartless."
      Are you kidding? Who gives a flying fok if they look forward to anything – much less a "luxury?" What about the victim? Or the victim's family? What do they have to look forward to? You know the victim IS pretty heartless now ... because they're dead. The victim no longer has the "luxury" of fokking living because some punk felt the need to take a life.

      IMAO, this practice should have been done away with decades ago.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • Jason

        You got that right on the money!

        September 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
      • Limitations

        And with that, you ignored the statement I made directly before that, that with the amount of people we know have been proven innocent on death row, there are some that have actually been put to death. Do those people deserve not to have a last meal when they're being punished for someone else's crime?

        It's a shame that in this society we're no longer allowed to display mercy for anyone at any time.

        September 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
      • Zephyr

        If a death row inmate is proven innocent, well Holy Christ on the Cross, I'll fokking buy them dinner myself. Until then, our imperfect-but-best-judicial-system-on-the-planet has found them guilty. They get the same meal everyone else gets. Those found to be guilty should be punished until proven innocent. You're suggesting they get their last meal of their dreams to make them feel better IN CASE they're innocent? I don't give a flying rat's armpit how they feel before they die.

        September 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  14. Multi-Tasking @ Work

    they didn't give the victim a last meal...look what he ordered with our tax paying dollars. who was the idiot that took his order?
    Death-Row inmates DO NOT deserve a last meal.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • willowspring

      The folks in the kitchen probably ate the meal. It was enough to feed the staff.

      September 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  15. Zephyr

    "It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege. One which the perpetrator did not provide to their victim,"

    Even if they did afford their victim a last meal option, to ending this practice I still say ayyyyyyymen.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  16. An oldie, but a goodie

    On the subject of last meals, I wonder if this person has ever recovered from the azz kicking we all gave him:

    Man, if i could have my way my last meal would be two flamenons with garlic mashed potatoes...and some rainbow trout, nice and tender with pepper and lemon. Warm Biscuts with butter and jelly...a mint chocolate chip shake and limitless skim milk...a chocolate cake with nuttela icing and some smooth vanilla ice cream ontop....*drool*...

    September 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Reply

    September 23, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • a. dee

      hahaha, i am so glad you brought that one out of the vault.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Feed em what they want

      Obviously not someone who orders "filet mignon" on a regular basis, but then I don't either.

      September 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
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