.... and falling into the category of events which make you realize how little you really understand life....
Phillip Workman, an inmate executed early Wednesday morning on Tennessee's death row, asked that his last meal be a vegetarian pizza, and that it be donated to a homeless person. The prison refused to fulfill that request, saying that last meal requests had to cost less than $20, and that they couldn't be donated to charity. Some Nashville citizens, angered that the request hadn't been fulfilled, ordered more than $1,200 in pizzas and sent them to Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in Nashville. Rescue Mission contacted other shelters to share the abundance of food.
Workman was on death row for allegedly shooting a police officer during an armed robbery of a Wendy's restaurant in the early eighties. Workman's defenders claim that he was wrongfully convicted, and that a key witness who helped convict him has subsequently recanted his testimony and admitted that he perjured himself at trial. Workman's defense team claims that the officer's death was the result of friendly fire from another officer at the scene. The friendly fire theory was later reportedly debunked by a medical examiner, but that medical examiner was later indicted for falsifying charges. (although, as a prosecutor, Steanso feels compelled to point out that if Workman knowingly participated in an armed robbery, he may be legally culpable for any events that might have been reasonably foreseeable consequences of his illegal activity- including, possibly, a friendly fire death)
Anyway, the whole thing is strange. Those prison guards should've just given some homeless guy a pizza. I guess there are some pretty cynical reasons not to, but you have to allow for the possibility of change and allow people to do what's right. Hope. Hope. You gotta allow for hope. You gotta allow for people to make themselves better. Right?