Death Row Art Is Legal

James Vernon Allridge IV may have been guilty of capital murder. But there was nothing illegal about the drawings of flowers, animals and landscapes that the Fort Worth killer sold from death row. That's what the Texas Attorney General ruled last week. Victims rights advocates had argued that Allridge's Internet art sales to patrons such as actress Susan Sarandon and rocker Sting violated a state law against profiting from crimes. But Abbott ruled that inmates are free to sell their artwork. Allridge was executed last year for killing a convenience store clerk during a robbery. Irish Art