Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Praise the Lord for the Senate in Virginia

Grrreat news for Virginians who oppose adding more crimes to the too-long list of felonies eligible for the ultimate penalty in the Commonwealth.

The Daily Press via Associated Press reports the Senate shelved the 'triggerman' bill that would have allowed the death penalty for anyone charged with capital murder -- whether they pulled the trigger or not.

Currently the law "limits capital charges to the actual killer...The Senate Courts of Justice Committee referred the bill to the Virginia State Crime Commission for review," killing the bill for the year.

In other words, had this bill passed, if someone was merely an accomplice to murder, they would have been eligible for the death penalty.

The bill to eliminate the 'triggerman' rule (HB 782) passed the House last month by a vote of 83-16.

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