Nov 19, 2009

Robert Lee Thompson- Life or Death?

Robert Lee Thompson was convicted and sentenced to death for participating in a convenience store robbery that culminated in a store clerk's death. As Thompson's execution date nears, Texas Governor Rick Perry has to decide whether to follow the recommendation of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles that Thompson's sentence be reduced to life imprisonment.  

Gov. Perry, the right thing to do is to follow the parole board's recommendation.  Thompson's co-participant in the crime, Sammy Butler, was the clerk's killer and yet he was given a life sentence.  Thompson actively participated in the robbery and unsuccessfully tried to kill a second clerk.  Society needs to be protected from him.  But it's not fair to punish an accomplice more harshly than a killer.  Society does not need Thompson put to death.    

POSTSCRIPT: Gov. Perry refused to follow the parole board's recommendation.  Thompson was executed on Nov. 19, 2009.