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Virginia Governor Denies Beltway Sniper’s Final Appeal

by @ 12:19 pm on November 10, 2009. Filed under In The News, Virginia

In just under nine hours, John Allen Muhammed will be executed:

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Tim Kaine denied clemency Tuesday for sniper John Allen Muhammad, clearing the way for him to be executed for the attacks that terrorized the nation’s capital region for three weeks in 2002.

Muhammad is set to die by injection Tuesday night at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. His attorneys had asked Kaine to commute his sentence to life in prison because they say he is mentally ill. The U.S. Supreme Court turned down his final appeal.

“I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts,” Kaine, who is known for carefully considering death penalty cases, said in a statement. “Accordingly, I decline to intervene.”

I shared my thoughts about Muhammed’s execution in a reply to a post by Vivian Paige:

I used to support the death penalty, I don’t anymore largely because of what I’ve seen about how the criminal justice system works up close.

That said, I’m not going to shed a tear for Muhammed tonight. Perhaps it’s because I lived up here back then, pumped my gas at a gas station in Manassas the day before someone was killed there, and had one of the shootings take place a mere 1.5 miles from where I was living at the time.

So, that’s that.

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