Law of Parties
The Law of Parties, Chapter 7.02 of the Texas Penal Code, states that a person can be criminally responsible for another’s actions if that person acts with “the intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense” and “solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid the other person to commit the offense, whether the defendant actually caused the death of the deceased or did not actually cause the death of the deceased but intended to kill the deceased or another or anticipated that a human life would be taken”. Furthermore, “If, in the attempt to carry out a conspiracy to commit one felony, another felony is committed by one of the conspirators, all conspirators are guilty of the felony actually committed.”
In other words, the LOP means that you can be convicted of guilt by association, even if you didn’t actually commit the crime, and even if you were not present at the crime scene, if you were involved in the planning or commission of the crime, although you did not know a murder was going to be committed.
In a rejuvenated collective effort to see Foster home before age 40 (he’s now 36), Team Kenneth–his family and global support network–will not accept a life imprisonment as his fate. Given the historic feat that he has accomplished, it’s their belief that Foster is more of an asset to humanity than a threat. They argue that Foster did not deserve to be on death row in the first place, and having suffered almost two decades in the Texas penal system–he has paid his debt to society for his regretful role as getaway driver and his sentence should be reduced to time served.
Political Steps to Take in Texas
1: Enact the Severance Bill
The severance bill would require the Courts to grant separate trials for individuals charged with capital crimes. Kenneth Foster was forced to stand trial with the admitted shooter. This makes it impossible for jurors to fairly and impartially weigh the evidence for each individual defendant. If this law is passed retroactively in the Texas legislative season that meets for 140 days starting in January, Foster will be granted a re-trail. His growing cadre of supporters are working with him to pass this bill (already written) through the legislature.
2. Amend the Law of Parties.
LOP victims Rudolfo Medrano and Jeff Wood are among others that are currently on death row fighting for their lives. IF this law is not properly amended, a someone undeserving of such punishment will perish.