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
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
PRESS RELEASE: Wednesday, July 28 – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced his intentions to donate $55,500 to veterans’ charities around the Commonwealth. The funds were originally donated to the Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General Campaign in the summer and fall of 2009 by Bobby Thompson.
In recent months, Thompson and a charity he directs, the United States Navy Veterans Association, both have come under scrutiny. In June the campaign set aside the funds donated by Thompson into a segregated account after Cuccinelli’s political staff worked to locate certain members of the group and came up empty handed. Most recently, Thompson’s lawyers have declared that they have been unable to locate Thompson despite their best efforts.
“We were practicing the principle of presumed innocence with Bobby Thompson, awaiting proof from law enforcement that the money he had given the campaign was either a legitimate donation or was not his to give. With Mr. Thompson’s recent disappearance and apparent unwillingness to maintain contact with his own attorneys, it seems that he does not wish to defend himself or the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Because of this, I chose to divest my campaign of any funds associated with Mr. Thompson,” Cuccinelli said.
Over the past week the Attorney General and his political staff have been contacting veterans around the Commonwealth attempting to determine how to most effectively help veterans and their families. Cuccinelli stated “Our goal here is identify veterans’ charities that have an impact around the Commonwealth – and then direct those funds where they can be of most help to our nation’s heroes.”
Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign will announce when a decision has been reached on which charities to allocate the funds to.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: attorney_general, cuccinelli, election2009