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
RICHMOND (August 23, 2010) – Statement from the Office of the Attorney General, attributable to Brian Gottstein, director of communication:
Sen. Ralph Smith and Del. Robert Marshall requested the attorney general’s official legal opinion regarding whether the commonwealth can regulate facilities that provide first trimester abortions as well as the medical personnel who perform them.
Based on a thorough review of existing law and relevant prior court decisions, the attorney general’s opinion is that the commonwealth has the authority to regulate, so long as the regulations adhere to constitutional limitations as articulated by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Greenville Women’s Clinic v. Bryant. The court said that state regulations that do not interfere with the woman’s status as the ultimate decisionmaker, that serve “a valid purpose,” and that do not “strike at the [abortion] right itself,” are valid regulations.
The state has long regulated outpatient surgical facilities and personnel to ensure a certain level of protection for patients. There is no reason to hold facilities providing abortion services to any lesser standard for their patients. Even pharmacies, funeral homes, and veterinary clinics are regulated by the state.