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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

1,000th Execution Moves to Friday

The 1,000th Execution since the death penalty moratorium was lifted in 1976 will now take place on Friday, December 2, 2005.  On Tuesday, the same day that the 999th execution occurred in Ohio, Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner granted clemency to Robin McKennel Lovitt, who was scheduled to be executed today.  Governor Warner based his decision to commute Lovitt's death sentence to life in prison with no possibility of parole on the fact that evidence from Mr. Lovitt's trial was destroyed by a court employee before he exhausted his post-conviction remedies.  The Commonwealth's laws require the preservation of such evidence until this process is complete. Story here. [Mark Godsey]

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