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
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The U.S. Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to permanently block a federal rule that would prevent individuals with serious mental impairments from obtaining firearms.
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) said in statement:
“I opposed today’s effort in the Senate to reopen a loophole that prevents individuals with serious mental impairments who should not possess firearms from being reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Virginia has long been a leader in providing appropriate data to the national background check system, and following the tragic events at Virginia Tech nearly ten years ago, the importance of having a functioning background check system is all too clear.
“I appreciate that there are those with concerns about the final rule, but I also do not believe this is an appropriate use of the Congressional Review Act. Repealing the rule in its entirety and prohibiting the future promulgation of a ‘substantially similar’ rule in perpetuity is, in my view, a heavy-handed way to address this complicated issue.
“Further, given Congress’ inability to pass even the most commonsense bipartisan gun violence prevention measures, it strikes me as particularly imprudent to further erode the quality of our background check system.
“For these reasons, I did not support the resolution to disapprove of the regulation.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: National, Politics
Tags: guns, mental_health, US_Senator, Warner