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Mon Feb 22, 2021, 12:45 PM

Bill banning death penalty heads to Virginia governor

Source: Washington Post

RICHMOND — A bill to abolish the death penalty in Virginia won final approval in the state Senate on Monday and will be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who is expected to sign it. Virginia — historically one of the nation’s most prolific death-penalty states — would then become the first in the South to abandon the ultimate punishment.

The state Senate approved by a vote of 22-16 a House bill that bans executions and establishes a maximum punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole. A judge would have discretion to suspend part of that sentence — a sticking point for some Republicans, who pushed unsuccessfully to make life without parole a mandatory minimum.

An identical Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax), is making its way through the House — although now that the House bill was approved by both chambers, the Senate version does not need to pass the House for the legislation to become law. Del. Michael P. Mullin (D-Newport News), a prosecutor for the city of Hampton, carried the House version.

Virginia has imposed capital punishment since colonial times, ahead of the rest of the nation. Since a spy for Spain was executed in Jamestown Colony in 1608, 1,390 people have been put to death in the state, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/virginia-death-penalty-ban/2021/02/22/742eed3e-7146-11eb-93be-c10813e358a2_story.html

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 12:46 PM

1. Wow, Virginia has become more liberal than my NY

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Response to Polybius (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 01:32 PM

2. Wow is right.

I am truly shocked at the changes around here
From changing Byrd Middle School to Quioccasin- that was a surprise but harbinger of things to come

To getting rid of the monuments

And now this.

All in less than 5 years. Amazing.

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 02:01 PM

3. My guess is that many conservatives in Virginia moved to Ohio and Florida

Likewise, many liberals in Ohio in Florida may have moved to Virginia as well. The shift is just too dramatic to happen by itself.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 02:33 PM

4. It's the moral and ethical thing to do.

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