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Stolle Appears Victorious

Rosalind Helderman

Word from Gov. Tim Kaine's Office this morning is that the governor would "not object" to a bill dealing with compensation for Arthur Whitfield, who spent 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) had been pushing the issue and wanted it addressed at the Aug. 19 special session.

And it looks like the retiring senator will likely get his way. With possible objections from Kaine cleared, not to mention gubernatorial candidates Sen. R. Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell both backing the idea, seems likely the bill will get taken up. Next question: What other worthy causes will lawmakers believe deserve similar consideration?

Here's what Kaine spokeswoman Lynda Tran had to say on the issue via email this morning: "Governor Kaine's top priority is to ensure the Special Session addresses the public safety issues raised by the recent decision in the Melendez-Diaz case. However Governor Kaine, who pardoned Mr. Whitfield earlier this year, is clearly sympathetic to his circumstances and would not object to a claims bill being considered as part of a session that is otherwise focused on public safety."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 29, 2009; 11:52 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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While I appreciate the effort of Stolle on this, he's not the only one working to make it happen. Blogger Vivian Paige has been all over this and was the first to call for Whitfield being included in the special session.

Posted by: anonymous2006x | July 29, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Bloggers don't make policy. They may think they do. The Virginian-Pilot was the first to break this, in case you want to read their 5 articles covering this story.

Posted by: andrscott | July 29, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Who cares who gets the credit? As long as the man gets justice.

Posted by: paperback_wizard | July 29, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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