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May 28, 2008

Third post-Baze lethal injection conducted in Virginia

As detailed in this Reuters article, "Virginia put a convicted murderer to death by lethal injection on Tuesday in the third U.S. execution since the Supreme Court ended an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment last month."  Here are a few more details:

Kevin Green, 31, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1998 shooting death of a convenience store owner during a robbery, was put to death shortly after 10 p.m. EDT at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia....

Green was the first person executed in Virginia since November 9, 2006, and the third death row inmate executed since the Supreme Court on April 16 upheld the three-drug cocktail used for lethal injections.... [T]he execution occurred after Gov. Timothy Kaine rejected a request for clemency, based on claims that Green is mentally retarded.

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This time around Kaine did not delay the execution to give the Supreme Court the time to review the condemned's case in an orderly fashion. Maybe he thought Stevens' statement a bit too whiny.

Posted by: federalist | May 28, 2008 11:19:35 AM

Federalist, since Kaine has represented a death row inmate, opposes the death penalty on religious grounds, and has vetoed bills attempting to expand the death penalty in Virginia, it is much more likely that he personally agrees with Stevens but was thinking of his future political prospects (or the future political prospects of the Democratic Party in Virginia) which require allowing executions to continue.

Posted by: Zack | May 30, 2008 4:05:16 PM

Zack, obviously I was being tongue-in-cheek. I am well aware of Kaine's opposition to the death penalty etc., and the politics involved.

Another possibility is that Kaine did not want to see the victim's family get jerked around as has happened in the Emmett case.

Posted by: federalist | May 30, 2008 8:22:36 PM

I hold the quaint theory that not all decisions are driven by crass politics and might be based on something more worthy. On that theory, and allowing for the possibility that Kaine has some seriousness and sincerity to him, it just might be the case that he allowed the execution to go forward because he thought there was an insufficient factual record to depart from the jury's and the court's judgment. He might also have been mindful of the pledge he made as a candidate to enforce the death penalty because it is Virginia law, no matter what his own views are.

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