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DropLoPTexas Political Action Committee

 

The Kenneth Foster’Support Group works with DropLoPTexas, a local Political Action Committee registered with the State of Texas, dedicated to reforming the outmoded and unjust Law of Parties.

Under this law, many Texans have been sentenced to outrageously lengthy or cruel sentences, including death, because of connections with a person who killed someone, whether the second person participated in the killing or not.

The law of parties for felonies other than capital crimes can also result in a long sentence for a person who was “along for the ride,” or in a relationship with the main perpetrator of the felony.

To learn more about this group or if you want to join the effort to reform the LOP : https://droploptexas.com/

The group is trying to gather statistics regarding cases in Texas for which the Law Of Parties or Felony Murder Rule was invoked, resulting in excessive sentences for a crime committed by another person.

This work and the information gathered aim at influencing Texas lawmakers to repeal the Law of Parties and provide sentencing reviews for people who are serving time for acts they did not do

If you are  willing to help them find out about people who are serving time under Law of Parties, write to:

Drop LoP Texas

P.O. Box 181655

Dallas TX 75218-1655.

Or email at: Reformit@droploptexas.com

 

 

Poetry Book Out Now

Kenneth’s Trilogy of poetry “A Voice From The Killing Machine is available on Amazon Now! Click the link for direct access to purchase Kenneth’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Voice-Killing-Machine-Trilogy-Poems/dp/B089CV89WL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=F6BZTTZEJVLX&dchild=1&keywords=a+voice+from+the+killing+machine&qid=1603333924&sprefix=a+voice+from+the+killing%2Caps%2C699&sr=8-1 

“Kenneth remains relentlessly fighting against his life sentence. Many across the world believe he’s paid his dept to society. His support team remains vigil for any avenue ( legal or otherwise) that can free him. In the face of these challenges, he remains dedicated to changing the Law of Parties ( the statue that allowed him to be sentenced to death) with the hopes it’ll help save the lives of others sentenced to die though they never killed anyone nor intended a life be taken. Having been incarcerated since 1996, prison and political activism has become embedded in Kenneth’s DNA. He remains active with the work to shed light on mass incarceration through his writings, youth outreach, and work with National Lawyers Guild, Prison Justice League, and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.”

New lawyer for Kenneth!

After a very long and trying time the moment has come to get my case back in motion. This is going to be a very difficult task due to the fact during my time on death row I pretty much exhausted all of my legal remedies. To qualify for a new Writ to be filed one must show some form of new evidence that was not available at the time of trial or a claim of innocence. It’s my plans to pursue claims in both fields.

I wanted to let it be known that my family has hired the phenomenal Randy Schaffer to review my case. This is not only a great opportunity to achieve Justice, but it’s been a great sacrifice for my family; the retainer fee for Randy Schaffer was $30 000. That wasn’t a typo. The sad truth about the American Judicial System is it takes money to put up proper defenses to cases. Keep in mind that Capital Murder cases take up to 2.5 million dollars to see a case to execution. To go up against such a beast, properly investigate, properly research and litigate takes a lot of time and effort. Sadly, the reality is most defendants in the court system can’t afford this type of representation. The other sad truth is my family probably could not afford it either. But, I will never know the toll it will take as they will never tell. What I owe to them cannot be lived up to in two lifetimes. Nevertheless, they have faith in the person I’ve become. They know that I have served my time for my wrongs and they want to see me home with my family. We take this chance to finally see what will be. The hard facts is that NOTHING is guaranteed. Only a grand effort by a champion of the law (Mr. Schaffer). Mr. Schaffer is best known for freeing death row inmate Randall Adams whom the movie “Thin Blue Line” was made about. However, those aren’t his only accolades. If you’d like to take a peek at Mr. Schaffer’s credentials you can link up to his site (www.schafferfirm.com ) or just google him.

In close, we do plan to do some fund raising for this cause to help ease the burden of my family. We will be looking at selling artwork, my poetry books and other endeavors. For any of you that would like to donate to our cause you can do so, here, through our DONATE section. We would appreciate counts. I thank-you ahead of time.

While the future is unknown I am very excited to be at this stage in my plight. Just as I never gave up hope when I was 6 hours from execution I haven’t given up hope on freedom. If, in the event of our inability to get me back in the courts and/or receive favorable results, happens I can at least look back and know I had one of the best lawyers on my side. That won’t necessarily bring me peace, because I know I’ve served my debt to society, but it’ll at least allow me to move towards peace and figuring out what to do with the time I face. Dealing with prison is as much about facing realities as surviving physically. We move forward hoping for the best…. and expecting the same!

Thank-you for your time and support. God Bless.

Joshua Guillory

Hello !

First, I want to say time is too valuable to waste. So, I thank you for giving me yours by reading this letter.

I’m writing this hoping to find a friend. Someone I can reveal my true nature to and shed light on the real me (and vice versa if needed). I’ve never had a genuine friend, only some that portrayed to be, thus to finally experience one would be a blessing.

I feel that life is just a word with whatever meaning you choose to give it. Although I’ve been incarcerated for a few years now, I try to keep a positive attitude and look to the bright side of any situation I may face. I’m currently serving a life sentence but I must say my motivation is bigger than just gaining my freedom. It’s having a second chance with my kids. That alone feeds my passion to fight and will to survive.

I have a lot of hobbies that I enjoy. Too many to list. My favorites are listening to all kind of music, writing poetry and studying history! I keep an open mind to new things and love learning new ways to enjoy life. I’m a big fan of cultural backgrounds. I find it amazing what lies in some people’s historical backgrounds.

I’m 22 years of age. I’m an African-American, originally from Beaumont, Texas. I’m 5 feet 9 inches tall. I’m brown skin and keep myself together physically by exercising regularly.

As we walk in this journey of life we all stumble. But, only those that get up take great strides. We rarely do it alone though. In the face of all my errors I look forward to the one that will help me create my greatest triumph. A perfect person is what I can’t be, but a great friend is what I would love to be.
Again, thanks for your time.

Joshua GUILLORY
# 1635423 – Robertson Unit
12071 FM 3522
ABILENE TX 79601
USA

In Support of Kenneth

Shujaa on behalf of Kenneth Foster / Shujaa, exonerated death row inmate speaks on behalf of and shows support for the family of Kenneth Foster Jr.

Rally to Save Kenneth Foster Jr Austin Texas, July 21, 2007

Mario Africa – Kenneth Foster Rally / Mario Africa of Move talking during the Kenneth Foster Rally in Austin Texas.

Civil disobedience at governor’s mansion for Kenneth Foster

About 200 members of Kenneth Foster’s family, friends, and supporters rallied in Austin to demand that Governor Rick Perry hear the Foster family’s pleas for clemency.In a dramatic turn, six activists sat down to block the gates of the Governor’s mansion in a physical demonstration of solidarity with Foster’s non-cooperation with the criminal justice system. In June 2000, a dozen activists were arrested during a similar protest of the execution of Gary Graham (a.k.a. Shaka Sankofa).

In the face of the State’s unwillingness to engage the Foster family and other supporters, the crowd spread out across the street, blocking traffic for forty-five minutes.

Welfare Poets – Kenneth Foster Rally Austin Texas July 21, 2007

Rally to Save Kenneth Foster 8/21/2007

On August 30, 2007, Texas, the state that executes more people than any in the country, plans to deliver a lethal injection to Kenneth Foster, Jr. While this may seem like nothing out of the ordinary for a state that will perform its 400th execution this summer, Kenneth’s case is unique. He killed no one. The state of Texas will be the first to admit this. It seems unthinkable that a man who did not even touch the gun that ended the life of Michael LaHood, Jr. on August 14, 1996 in San Antonio, Texas would be sent to his death for such a crime. What makes this possible is the Law of Parties. A number of states have laws that enable prosecutors to hold those merely present at the scene of a crime legally responsible. Texas is the only state that applies this statute in capital cases, making it the only place in the United States where a person can be factually innocent of murder and still face the death penalty.

Save Kenneth Foster – Liliana Segura & Lawrence Hayes speak

NYC Press conference on case of Texas death row inmate Kenneth Foster, scheduled for August 30 execution, and 400th Texas execution.
Liliana Segura, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, NYC
Lawrence Hayes, Former Death Row Prisoner

UPDATE: Kenneth Foster Jr. was GRANTED CLEMENCY!

——- OLD UPDATE: Board votes 6 to 1 for CLEMENCY! All pressure on Gov. Perry NOW! Execution scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight.
Put the pressure on Perry.
CONTACT GOV. PERRY NOW !!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!

Save Kenneth Foster – Ronnique Hawkins Speaks

Spoken word by Kenneth Foster

This performance of his poetry was recorded on July 25, 2007 at the Polunsky Unit in Livington Texas by David Mass.
Video is from the Rally to save Kenneth Foster on July 21st, 2007 in Austin Texas

Save Kenneth Foster – Jeff Deskovic Speaks

NYC Press conference on case of Texas death row inmate Kenneth Foster, scheduled for August 30 execution, and 400th Texas execution.
Jeff Deskovic, an innocent man, spent 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. He was exonerated through DNA evidence.
To read a NY Times article about Jeff Deskovic go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/us/…

kenneth Intervista
Intervista a Kenneth Foster http://www.la7.it

A message from Kenneth Foster’s Attorney
Keith Hampton, Kenneth Foster’s attorney talks during the Aug 30th victory rally at the Governor’s mansion in Austin, Texas