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
U.S. Senator Jim Webb
U.S. Senator Jim Webb’s Legislative Alert hit my mailbox. I usually don’t post national or global news but thought this was interesting. This gives some good perspective on getting involved in Libya.
U.S. SENATOR WEBB: “There has been a great deal of debate regarding how the United States should respond to the conflict in Libya.
Military commitments in this region, however small, are easily begun, but very difficult to end. This is something I have stressed for years, and a reality we continue to confront in Iraq and Afghanistan. History shows that this is a region full of surprises.
In response to my questions at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear that the U.S. does not know the Libyan rebel groups with any degree of familiarity. Our executive branch leaders are engaged in intense discussions on this point, but it is not a good idea to give weapons and military support to people you do not know, whose ultimate goals may not be supportive of our own policies. Implementation of a no-fly zone or the delivery of weapons to unknown rebel forces could ultimately be counterproductive to U.S. national interests and security.
I find myself in general agreement with positions taken recently by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when it comes to the potential use of our military in Libya. No one wants to see Gaddafi remain in power, but overt military action in this situation should not be done unilaterally and, if done at all, it should be done knowing who we are helping. We should continue to work in partnership with our allies in the region and exercise all of the diplomatic tools at our disposal.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Commentary, National, Politics
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