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
It's all about the 400 chickens and the residue - not in our wildest dreams did we expect this.
Mason Adams had an excellent article in The Roanoke Timesyesterday on the proposed “farm” in northwest Roanoke. The 12-acre parcel that was owned by Roanoke Regional airport but now owned by the city that is in the Countryside ex-golf course neighborhood.
The airport expansion in the 1980s took or rather moved houses off the parcel. It was in the direct takeoff and landing path of runway 6 and noisy. This is why the parcel can’t be residential. The guide-lights flash directly towards the property too.
Tonight the neighborhood surrounding the parcel will have their say and ask questions of Chris Chittum, Roanoke City Planning Administrator. Sean Jordan, farm manager of the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op will be there along with other officials I suspect.
As it looks on facebook there will be a contingent of supporters from other areas of the city. I hope they hold their enthusiasm to a minimum or the neighbors who received cards for this public meeting may just ask them “do you live here?”
My favorite part of Mason’s article was Mayor Bowers comment: “Generally if people will listen to each other and hear each other, things can be worked out, and that’s what I hope will happen in this case.”
That conjured up my favorite “Chicken Ranch” song in this clip from “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
The reporters ask the Texas governor about the “discraceful situaltion at the chicken ranch. “After a load of political flag-waving mumbo-jumbo the reporters conclude he said “same as usual not a damn thing.”
“Do you plan to take any action against the Chicken Ranch,” asks a reporter. Oooh, he loves to dance a little sidestep, and now they see him, now they don’t, he’s come and gone and … lead the people on.”
Reporters “I hear him talking but he don’t come in … was that a yes or a no … a possible maybe.”
You gotta love these politicians with their finger in the air checking the proverbial wind direction.