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March 27, 2007

Virginia's governor vetoes capital expansion

As detailed in this Washington Post article, "Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat who personally opposes the death penalty, vetoed yesterday a set of bills that would have increased the list of crimes eligible for capital punishment, including killing judges or witnesses."  Here are more details:

I don't think we need to expand capital punishment in Virginia to protect human life and keep people safe," Kaine said. "It's just that simple." Republicans, meanwhile, are considering whether to attempt to override the vetoes during the General Assembly's one-day session April 4.  Among the bills vetoed was one that would have revised the so-called triggerman law, which stipulates that only the person who pulls the trigger in a murder case may be eligible for execution.  The revision would have included some accomplices.

Kent Scheidegger at Crime & Consequences has some commentary on these vetoes here.  ODPI has a collection of media coverage here.

March 27, 2007 at 07:16 AM | Permalink

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