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
Brian Moran came in third behind Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe in the primary for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2009. The former 46th district delegate now wants to be Virginia’s Democratic Party Chair.
Richard “Dickie” Cranwell is stepping down as chair in December after serving for five years. Moran isn’t the only one seeking to be chair of the DPVA.
Former Arlington County Democratic Committee chairman Peter Rousselot is also vying for state party chairman. The Central Committee will vote on December 4.
“We’re angry about what happened Tuesday – we’re itchin’ for a fight,” said Moran on Catherine Read’s “The Inside Scoop” Monday evening.
Moran says the Democrats will bounce back like they did in 1996 when President Bill Clinton was reelected after a Republican wave in the 1994 midterm elections. “We’re being saddled with the economy right now – people are anxious … we can’t ignore them.”
Moran said the voters took the economy out on the Democrats though he “thought it a little misguided.” He’s convinced that the economy will bounce back and so will President Obama.
On redistricting Moran talks about how Dickie Cranwell was “drawn” out of his district. Governor McDonnell said he supported bipartisan redistricting but has not talked about it since his campaign.
Moran explains the process of voting in a new party chair. He has no car and will have to buy one.
Thanks to Catherine Read and “The Inside Scoop Virginia” for posting the replay. Read brought up to Moran that Roanoke is searching for a candidate to run for Morgan Griffith’s seat in the 9th district. He said that in 2011 “we should challenge every seat.” He added that Democrats need a “consistent message … and one, two, three clear points.”
Blogger Ben Tribbett of Not Larry Sabato has been beating up on Moran for lobbying in favor of for-profit private schools. President Obama wants to set benchmarks for these schools. They have a very high percentage of federal student loan defaults that are a result of students’ inability to find gainful employment if and when they graduate.
There is a Virginia law that prohibits party chairs from lobbying but it turns out it applies only to lobbying in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Federal lobbying is not prohibited.