U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a sentencing directive for federal prosecutors mandating they "pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" for cases. How will the new federal sentencing directives and return of mandatory minimums impact our region?
The execution of Ivan Teleguz is scheduled for April 25, but a growing number of people –both in Virginia and nationwide– are asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to grant him clemency. More than ten years ago, a jury convicted Teleguz of hiring someone to kill his ex-girlfriend, but in the years since, witnesses who testified against him have recanted their testimonies. If Teleguz is executed, Virginia will have carried out the second most executions of any state since 1976. Kojo explores the case and the value of capital punishment in Virginia’s criminal justice system.
- Elizabeth Peiffer Attorney, The Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center
- John Malcolm Former Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation; @malcolm_john
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