Wednesday, January 22, 2014

International Protest Poster Boy, or Just a Rotten Tamayo?

Ironically, it was a Mexican stand-off that delayed the execution of Edgar Tamayo by the state of Texas tonight. Condemned for killing a police officer 20 years ago, Tamayo—a Mexican national—sparked a brief legal flurry between the United States and Mexico regarding whether or not it would be neighborly for us to execute him. But the US Supreme Court denied a final stay, and Tamayo was finally executed by lethal injection in the late evening.

Since Texas no longer allows special last meals, Tamayo was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Tamayo had a grilled pork chop, corn, Spanish rice, refried beans, mixed greens, and cornbread, with a choice of punch, tea, or water to drink.  

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