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
Democrats and Republicans staked out their turf Saturday at Olde Salem Days. The Democrats had the shady side of the street where Carter Turner’s T-Shirts sported the slogan “Not For Sale.”
The Salem Republican Chair, Greg Habeeb was stationed directly across at the Republican tent. He didn’t much like Turner’s slogan insinuating Griffith “was for sale.”
Turner is running against Morgan Griffith HOD majority leader (R-8th District).
I guess you could make all kinds of insinuations with the Democrats tent being on the shady side of the street and the Republican tent on the sunny side – “shady Democrats” and “the Republicans sweat” but I’ll stop there :)
Democratic candidate for governor, Senator Creigh Deeds arrived at 2:30 PM and immediately started making the rounds shaking hands and talking to the media. Roanoke County Clerk of Court Steve McGraw and Sheriff Gerald Holt held signs accompanying Deeds.
Everything was normal until Deeds encountered Betsy Clark, mother of Salem’s Democratic Chair Susan Doyle. As the video depicts Clark was accosted by the opposition (not staffers or volunteers from the Republican booth assured Habeeb).
Clark was visibly shaken by the encounter. She said a man and woman sporting all the Republican stickers began making crude remarks directed at her as she handed out Deeds and Turner stickers. “They got right up in my face yelling,” said Clark. A symptom of the town hall mentality with not much help from Congress in setting an example for constituents these days.
About 4:00 PM both camps started clearing out and hit the Fort Lewis Fire Station for some barbeque chicken. Both candidates Griffith and Turner made the rounds at the tables. Both looked beat. CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS.