27 June 2003
Putting the screws to Governor Warner:
Two Deans from Virginia's law schools are asking the Governor to stop the execution of a man because there were technical flaws in his jury instructions. This is bad for the Governor whichever choice he makes. He can either let a man have another sentencing hearing because of the technical error - thus setting a precedent for a number of other capital defendants - or he can allow a man to be killed despite that the jury might have sentenced him to life imprisonment if the instruction had been proper. If he chooses the less of the two political evils he'll let the man be killed. Morally wrong - politically right.
Author: Ken Lammers on 6/27/2003