Friday, March 12, 2010

Virginia: New Clemency Policy

Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that he will "break with tradition" in his State by announcing his decisions on clemency for inmates just days before they are to be executed. It is reported that the previous "tradition" was to announce such decisions on the actual day of the execution.

The new policy will, of course, enable the state to avoid the awkwardness of telling those who have traveled far to witness an execution that the proceedings have been cancelled - for whatever reason. It will also allow the condemned to focus their final hours on matters more personal than the technicalities and odds favoring clemency petitions. One is reminded of the not-uncommon practice of presidents to delay executions in order that the condemned might better prepare themselves for the next life! See story here.

No comments:

blogger templates | Make Money Online