Bill to ban death penalty for severely mentally ill clears GOP-controlled Va. Senate

January 17, 2019
Virginia’s Republican-controlled state Senate voted Thursday to ban the death penalty for criminal defendants with severe mental illness, despite warnings…Read More >>

Ban on execution of mentally ill moves forward in Virginia Senate

January 14, 2019
A state Senate panel voted Monday to bar the execution of people with serious mental illnesses. The same bill failed last year, but a last-minute move by Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Warm Springs, will send the legislation to the Senate floor. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted for the bill 8-6…Read More >>

Appeals court rules 2011 Fairfax County death sentence flawed

By Frank Green

November 27, 2018
A jury that sentenced a Virginia man to death in 2011 should have been allowed to hear expert testimony that he was a low risk to commit violence in prison, a unanimous panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. … Read More >>