No More Special Last Meals for Texas Death Row Inmates

Lawrence Russell Brewer’s extravagant last meal request has killed the tradition for everyone else on death row in Texas. State Sen. John Whitmire won a ban on special catered last meals from the state's top prison official after taking issue with Brewer’s final request: two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread. Prison officials said Brewer, a white supremacist gang member, never touched the food before being executed Wednesday in the infamous dragging death of African-American James Byrd Jr.

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