Prisons end last meal requests
Prison officials in Texas are to stop the practice of special last meals for inmates facing execution after a state senator complained about an extensive request from a man involved in a notorious dragging death.
John Whitmire said he wanted the "ridiculous" and "inappropriate" practice ended or he would seek a state statute banning it.
Prisons director Brad Livingston agreed and said the practice was ending immediately. He said condemned inmates will get the same meal as other offenders.
The meal request from Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed on Wednesday for the hate crime murder of James Byrd, included two chicken fried steaks, a bacon cheeseburger, a pound of barbecue meat, a pint of ice cream, a pizza and fudge.
Brewer did not eat any of the meal, officials said.