Obenshain vs Kaine on expansion of death penalty

Brent Finnegan -- March 26th, 2007

From The New Dominion: Harrisonburg’s senator, Mark Obenshain, is criticizing Governor Kaine for vetoing the triggerman bills he co-sponsored with Todd Gilbert.

4 Responses to “Obenshain vs Kaine on expansion of death penalty”

  1. JGFitzgerald says:

    I would be interested in knowing how many judges have been shot in Virginia lately. Generalizing, I wonder how many cases these bills would have applied to statewide over, say, the last ten years. I suspect that Mark is probably smart enough to know that a lot of this bloodthirsty expansion of the death penalty is just politics, and that the provisions of the bill would rarely, if ever, be used. It’s the ones who truly believe some of this stuff who frighten me.

  2. finnegan says:

    When Kilgore was taking Kaine to task about Kaine’s personal beliefs on the matter, Kaine said he would uphold the laws of the land, and so he has. He never swore to help Gilbert and Obenshain expand it.

    There was a good piece in the RTD about these bills, and Kaine’s deliberation last month.

    Noting that Kaine has let four executions proceed, David I. Bruck, a professor of law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, said “he’s certainly given death penalty supporters very little to complain about.”

  3. Chris says:

    I point out the issues raised by Kilgore a couple of years ago because I anticipate these vetoes from yesterday to reignite something on this.
    It might not be anytime soon – the Republicans want to play nice so they can get continued cooperation from Kaine on the transportation issue, which they need to defuse before November.
    But if Kaine wants to run for higher office – and I’m hearing his name associated with the possibly open Senate seat in 2008, which is interesting, given what he’s doing right now – this could come back.

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