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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 09/21/2010

McDonnell again declines to halt execution

By Washington Post editors

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has again declined a request to grant clemency to a 41-year-old woman set to be executed Thursday, despite a last-minute plea by her attorneys Monday, the Virginia Politics blog reports.

In a letter sent to Teresa Lewis's attorney James Rocap, McDonnell counselor Jasen Eige said the governor would not deviate from his position, which he made in accordance with his policy of making execution decisions five days in advance.

Lewis, who conspired with two men to carry out the 2002 murders of her husband and stepson, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Virginia's death chamber. Her appeal is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stay with Virginia politics for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | September 21, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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McDonnell is a cold heartless killer who cares nothing about the value of human life and lacks basic human compasion or empathy.

unless votes are at stake, mcdonnell wouldn't cross the road to spit on a burning baby.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 21, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The killer-convict has no useful purpose to society- her organs should be harvested to be donated to law abiding citizens in need- let that be her contribution to something positive!

Posted by: soccerhead | September 21, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I have read about this case in the English press. The whole matter is utterly dreadful. However, I do feel that all three conspirators should be treated in the same way with identical sentences passed. I await the decision of the US Supreme Court and hope that they agree with me. I am not forgetting that two men lost their lives in very tragic circumstances. I wish the judges well in making a decision I would not want to make. Thank you for allowing me to comment, James.

Posted by: jamesjohnson2 | September 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

MarilynManson wrote:
"McDonnell is a cold heartless killer who cares nothing about the value of human life and lacks basic human compasion [sic] or empathy."


Okay, now take a step back, replace "McDonnell" with "Teresa Lewis," re-read the sentence, and explain to me why the woman who planned and abetted the vicious murder of her husband and stepson, and who sat around drinking iced tea and listening to her mortally wounded husband's cries while waiting for him to die, actively displaying the lack of compassion and empathy of which you deem she is so deserving, shouldn't be subject to the sentence that was handed down by the duly authorized judge.

Posted by: klaw009x | September 21, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing good accomplished about taking a life in revenge, which is exactly what Virginia is doing to Teresa Lewis.

It is a cold and heartless thing to kill her.

Posted by: smoke111 | September 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Teresa Lewis instigated this nightmare when she decided that her lust for money trumped the love of family. She didn't stumble into this as an idiot. She arranged the date and method of execution for Julian and C.J. They didn't have a trial nor appeals. Now it's Teresa's time to receive dismissal from the Commonwealth.

Posted by: vuac | September 21, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Fry her.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | September 21, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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