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VA Death Row Convict Granted Clemency


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While he is likely guilty you cannot execute a man whose only evidence that could prove his innocence was thrown out by a court clerk. A tough decision on Mark Warner's part but the correct one.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051129/ap_on_re_us/1000th_execution_4;_ylt=AqY7h_Dpc7.dj6rTmUXaslMEcP8A;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

RICHMOND, Va. - Gov. Mark R. Warner granted clemency Tuesday to a convicted killer who would have been the 1,000th person executed in the United States since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.

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Robin Lovitt's death sentence was commuted to life in prison.

Lovitt, 42, was set to be executed by injection Wednesday night for stabbing a man to death with a pair of scissors during a pool-hall robbery in 1998.

Lovitt's lawyers, who include former independent counsel Kenneth Star, and anti-death penalty advocates had argued that his life should be spared because a court clerk illegally destroyed the bloody scissors and other evidence, preventing DNA testing that they said could exonerate him.

The 1,000th execution is now scheduled for Friday in North Carolina, where Kenneth Lee Boyd is slated to die for killing his estranged wife and her father.

The nation's 999th execution since capital punishment resumed a generation ago took place Tuesday morning, when Ohio put to death John Hicks, who strangled his mother-in-law and suffocated his 5-year-old stepdaughter to cover up the crime.

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I am glad that Warner had the balls to do this.

However, I am sure that it will come back to bite him in the azz politically.

Exactly - he has the balls to do the right thing but I'm sure if he runs for prez the publicans will say he cleared the execution of a murderer without giving the whole story (although dems do the same thing, I'm pointing out that this will be used against him).

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It is BS.

Convicted by a jury of his peers.

I really like(d) Mark Warner too. (I am repub.)

There have never been mistaken convictions before?

The principle of "better safe than sorry" doesn't ever apply?

It's not like they are ever going to release this guy on to the street.

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It is BS.

Convicted by a jury of his peers.

I really like(d) Mark Warner too. (I am repub.)

First day of law school, pick a dumb jury.

You rarely see lawyers, doctors, ect on a jury - an attorney wants someone stupid so they can be swayed. I plan on being a prosecutor so I have no problem with the DP and it being utilized however when a dumbass clerk throws out potentially exhonerating evidence you cannot execute the guy. No matter how guilty he may appear to be, we as a society cannot assume we got it right. I'd rather see 10 murderers get their sentences commuted than an innocent man have his life taken by the state.

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