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
Ken Cuccinelli campaigns at Roanoke Tea Party event in 2009
If I didn’t remember anything about the 2009 Virginia Coalition for Open Government conference I remember this. Then Senator Ken Cuccinelli’s promised transparency.
In today’s Roanoke Times Lawrence Hammack, another open government wonk, has an article about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s opinion on the appropriation of public funds to nonprofits without proper contracts. The purpose of contracts with the state is to determine their worth to the taxpaying citizens of Virginia and the Commonwealth.
This is the second time he has nitpicked the charities that mostly serve poor citizens with healthcare they cannot afford or that they don’t even have access to.
Lawrence who write about healthcare issues for the Roanoke Times attended the 2009 VCOG conference as well. In his article he says he sought a copy of the letter sent by Dr. Bill Hazel, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Resources to Cuccinelli for his opinion on 12 nonprofits.
“That is confidential attorney-client privileged information which we cannot release,” said Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for Cuccinelli.
That’s not what Cuccinelli contended in 2009. “If elected attorney general – yes, you give advice to state agencies, universities, etc. and to some extent that is privileged communication but your ultimate client is still the citizens of Virginia … I intend to explore on an intellectual basis and try to put down on paper a little more definitive description of where at least I think the boundaries are for privilege in that unique lawyer relationship.”
Well fork it over or is that boundary a moving target. See video of his promise: