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
State Senator Ken Cuccinelli Republican candidate for Attorney General spoke to the crowd of over 300 people gathered in Elmwood Park Saturday. He claimed to be a fighter even fighting his fellow Republican colleagues when it came to raising taxes. I asked him if the soon-to-be ex-Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin would be welcomed to campaign for the Republican ticket in Virginia. His face lit up with a “yes, I would be ecstatic.” According to the Washington Post Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement that Palin is “an important and galvanizing voice” in the GOP and will help the party’s gubernatorial candidates this fall in Virginia and New Jersey.
Speaker after speaker stepped up to the microphone on the Elmwood Park stage to protest what was characterized as “big government”, high taxes, loss of freedom, and out-of-control government spending.
Yellow tags and cloaks of yellow were emblazoned with a “Don’t Tread on Me” slogan. Republican candidates spoke to the crowd who had come to share their displeasure with the current state of the government. There was a plethora of patriotic attire, stickers, buttons, and flags. Most were dressed predominantly in red, white, and blue for July 4th.
Bill Cleaveland, Republican candidate for the 17th District who is opposing Democratic candidate Gwen Mason spoke briefly. Troy Bird Republican candidate for the 11th District who is opposing Democratic incumbent Onzlee Ware was also on stage to speak his piece on the state of the country and conservative values.
The crowd was at least as large as the last first TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party in Roanoke held near Carilion hospital on April 15th. April 15th, of course is the last day to file federal income tax returns.