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 Governor Bob McDonnell
President Obama announced that the White House is canceling Lease Sale 220 off the coast of Virginia scheduled for 2012. Governor Bob McDonnell said he understands but thinks that outright cancellation is not the only alternative.
McDonnell in a statement:
“While I respect his decision, and the need for delay and investigation, I do not believe outright cancellation was the only alternative given the fact that this sale was not due to occur until two years from now, and actual drilling would likely take place years after that. The two-year environmental impact statement already underway would provide ample information about the wisdom of proceeding on to an actual lease sale.”
McDonnell has called Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to inform him of Virginia’s willingness to help.
McDonnell said that “he hopes that the President’s action does not signal the end of offshore energy exploration and production off Virginia in the years ahead. Once we have learned the lessons from this tragic accident, and made the necessary changes and improvements in the offshore industry and government oversight, we should move forward with environmentally responsible domestic offshore energy production for oil and natural gas.”
He compared a retreat from moving forward with offshore drilling to Americans retreating from innovation after tragedies in space exploration.
“The spirit of American progress is to overcome adversity and conquer obstacles, not quit and accept failure. I have great confidence in American ingenuity, intelligence and innovation, and our ability to properly and reasonably move forward following this major setback,” said McDonnell in a press release.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Business, Politics, State Politics
Tags: environment, governor