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Posted at 10:20 PM ET, 09/21/2010

Silence on the eve of an execution

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Rosemarie Rauzino-Heller
Rockville

I find it disturbing that there has been no outcry over Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s decision not to commute the death sentence of Teresa Lewis, who is scheduled to be the first woman executed in Virginia in many years.

This woman was one of three people involved in the murder of her husband, and the other two, one of whom was accused of the actual murder, were given life sentences.

Where is the equal justice here? A man who was found guilty in 1996 of an equally heinous crime in Maryland, that of planning the murder of his wife and invalid son, was not given the death sentence.

I am upset not only at the sentence but at the deafening silence surrounding it.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 21, 2010; 10:20 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia, crime  
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