State Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, was so outraged, he demanded that the state prison agency stop preparing final meals, reports the Los Angeles Times. To add insult to injury, Brewer didn't eat any of his dinner.
Brewer has been sitting on death row for 12 years, convicted for the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr.
Brewer, a white supremacist, and two accomplices kidnapped, beat and tortured Byrd, a 49-year-old black man. They then dragged him to death by hooking a logging chain to a pickup truck. The slaying helped inspire state and federal hate-crimes legislation.
In a letter to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Whitmire demands that they end the practice of last meals immediately. ed that all final meals be ended, and the TDJC will follow his wishes.
Last meals are handled differently, state by state. Some states don't honor them at all. Others limit the cost of the meal ($40: Florida). Others only allow inmates to choose from items already on the prison's menu (Virginia).
In Texas, last meals can only be prepared from food already in the prison kitchen. That means no extravagant delights (escamole tacos, lobster wrapped filet mignon, xiao long bao), no outsize portions (Brewer received less than the full pound of brisket he had requested) and no outside food.
The most popular last meal request among death row convicts? An American classic: the burger.