Thu, Aug 30, 2007 1:44 PM EDT

Word just came down that Governor Rick Perry has commuted Kenneth Foster's death sentence:

"After carefully considering the facts of this case, along with the recommendations from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, I believe the right and just decision is to commute Foster's sentence from the death penalty to life imprisonment. I am concerned about Texas law that allows capital murder defendants to be tried simultaneously, and it is an issue I think the legislature should examine."

Thanks to all who made a call. While I recognize this as a partial victory (the laws that put Foster on death row must be changed to see full justice served) this is a huge coup in a state that has approves executions with impunity. And another thanks to colorofchange.org for their leadership and keeping RaceWire updated.....