Apr 23, 2017 Let Virginia governor’s death penalty commutation lead to no more executions
For decades, Virginia has been a leader in sending people to death row and in executing them rather than delaying doing so, as is common in California.
On April 21, 2017, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe took at least one action in the opposite direction, commuting the death sentence of Ivan Telguz, who was sentenced to death after being convicted for murder-for-hire of his child’s mother.
Teleguz garnered widespread and very vocal support to commute his sentence, including from several former Virginia attorneys general. The vast majority of capital defendants and other criminal defendants fight their cases in obscurity. Would Governor McAuliffe have given much thought — let alone having commuted — Teleguz’s death sentence had his case not garnered so much publicity?
In any event, thanks to Governor McAuliffe for commuting Teleguz’s death sentence. May he commute all remaining death sentences, and may capital punishment be abolished worldwide once and for all.