Thursday, April 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be executed on April 25.
Announcing his decision at the Virginia State Capitol today, Governor McAuliffe delivered the following statement (as prepared):
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. I am joined today by my Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and my Counsel, Carlos Hopkins, both of whom have devoted countles
It has been a weekend of jokes by media editorials, blogs and online publications like The Huffington Post. It has even been dubbed as (dare I day) #bobbiegate.
The pin Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli passed out to government employees covered the exposed left breast of “Virtus.”
Virtus represents the virtues of heroism, righteousness, freedom, and valor according to the description of the seal HERE.
With expected fodder coming from late night television Cuccinelli “nips further ridicule in the bud” with this statement Monday, May 3:
“The image on my office lapel pin is similar to that of a large antique state flag that hangs in the Virginia Capitol. That is where I got the idea for my pin. I liked this particular image and thought it would be something unique for my employees.
“I cannot believe that joking with my staff about Virtue being a little more ‘virtuous’ in this antique version has become news. This is simply a media-made issue that has become distracting to the work of my office. I am going to end this distraction by discontinuing future use of the pin. I think we all do the citizens a service by getting back to talking about things that are more important to them, including my office’s work last week to get four sexually violent predators committed to mental health treatment, the collection of $225,000 in back debt owed to the commonwealth, and assisting local law enforcement in an investigation that resulted in a drug kingpin being sentenced to life without parole.”
[Added to the statement] Note: The pins were not paid for with taxpayer dollars. The image from the flag was not altered in any way by the attorney general or his staff.
Causing more of a stir was the fact that the pin resembled the official flag adopted after it had seceded from the Union in 1861.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: art, attorney_general, cuccinelli