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Crime Could Virginia abolish the death penalty in 2020?

20:35  19 november  2019
20:35  19 november  2019 Source:   wusa9.com

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Activists announced a new initiative seeking to end the death penalty in Virginia – a state with the second highest number of executions only behind Texas.

a group of people walking down the street: Could Virginia abolish the death penalty in 2020? A new push to outlaw capital punishment© Provided by TEGNA Inc. Could Virginia abolish the death penalty in 2020? A new push to outlaw capital punishment

The organization known as Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) is set to formally unveil the effort in Richmond later this week. Victims of violent crime will deliver a letter from the VADP to the General Assembly, asking for the dramatic change to the commonwealth's penal code.

"The death penalty, it forces law enforcement to become killers," Michael Stone, executive director of the VADP, said. "And in many respects, it's not worth it."

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Three men are currently on Virginia's death row, including one from Fairfax County. Mark Eric Lawlor received a death sentence in 2011, after he raped and killed a Falls Church woman in 2008.

Lawlor's fate remains in limbo, after an appeals court said he deserves a new hearing.

Stone said the VADP has support for the measure from both Republicans and Democrats, as the organization began to set its sights on a concerted effort four years ago.

"I think it's a bit of an urban legend that this is a Democratic issue and Republicans are against a death penalty repeal," Stone said. "We've found exceptions to the rule on both sides of the aisle, because it's just not an effective measure anymore."

Gov. Northam said earlier this year he would sign a bill abolishing capital punishment, if the replacement measure called for a sentence of life without parole.

Condemned Killer Of Former Child Actor Dies On San Quentin’s Death Row

  Condemned Killer Of Former Child Actor Dies On San Quentin’s Death Row A 49-year-old San Quentin death row inmate, sentenced to be executed for the horrific 1996 kidnap and torture-murder of former child actor Anthony Guest Jr., has been found dead in his cell, authorities said. © Provided by CBS Broadcasting Inc.San Quentin officials said Spencer Brasure was discovered unresponsive in his cell on death row at 12:49 a.m. Thursday. Attempts were made to revive him but he was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m. The cause of death would be determined by an autopsy.A Ventura County jury sentenced Brasure to death on August 24, 1998 for first-degree murder.

"In a sense, the death penalty is not about what the perpetrator did, but, it's about what kind of people are we," Stone said.

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