John Brownlee - REPEAL THE "TRIGGERMAN RULE" - Will Ken Cuccinelli Stand With Tim Kaine Again?
I bet he does.
Republicans in the Virginia House and Senate, as well as a few right-minded Democrats, voted in 2007 to abolish the Triggerman Rule. The bill passed overwhelmingly, but was vetoed by Governor Kaine. Every Republican - and several Democrats - in the House of Delegates voted to override the Governor's veto, and they were successful. Unfortunately, the Senate voted to sustain the Governor's veto and the bill died.
Pro-law enforcement legislators tried again in 2008 to repeal the Triggerman Rule and again the bill passed both the House and Senate by wide margins. Once again, Governor Kaine - who is opposed to the death penalty -- vetoed the legislation. Once again, the House overrode the veto. And, once again, the Democrats in the Senate, with the assistance of only one Republican -- Ken Cuccinelli - sustained the Governor's veto.
Law enforcement have been begging for years to repeal the rule. Read the rest of the email.
How important is repeal of the Triggerman Rule to the pursuit of criminal justice in Virginia? Take a look at those who agree with John Brownlee that this rule needs to be eliminated:
Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling - long-time, solid supporters of law enforcement and victims' rights in Virginia - support repeal of the Triggerman Rule.
Even more interestingly, all three Democrat candidates for Governor support repeal of the Triggerman Rule. Tim Kaine is so far outside the mainstream on this law enforcement issue that all of his own Party's candidates to replace him disagree with him on this issue.
The Virginia Sheriffs' Association supports its repeal.
The Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys supports its repeal.
The Virginia Crime Commission supports its repeal.
The likely Democrat nominee for Attorney General, Steve Shannon, supports repeal of the Triggerman Rule, as does one of John's Republican competitors, Dave Foster.
Earlier today, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police issued a press release calling for the legislature to override Governor Kaine's veto (the text of that release appears below).
Repeal of the Triggerman Rule is an important step in making Virginia's citizens safer from violent crime, and will assist law enforcement in its efforts to rid our streets of the most violent, despicable criminals in our midst.
PLEASE contact your legislators right away, prior to the "Veto Session" of the General Assembly on April 8, and ask them to vote to override Governor Kaine's veto of the Triggerman Rule legislation. Information on contacting your legislators can be found here.
Together, we can remove this anti-justice rule from Virginia law and give law enforcement another weapon against violent crime.
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police strongly urges the Virginia General Assembly to overturn Governor Kaine's veto of 2009 passed legislation which redefines the "Triggerman Rule" as it pertains to capital punishment.
As an organization comprised of law enforcement leaders, our members have seen firsthand the negative impact that Virginia's Triggerman Rule has had on the pursuit of justice in our Commonwealth's most heinous crimes.
The Triggerman Rule is clearly a loophole in Virginia's death penalty laws, benefiting the most brutal criminals in society while standing in the way of justice for many victims of violent crime. We strongly support the repeal of this rule.
As a matter of public safety, we encourage the Virginia General Assembly to overturn Governor Kaine's veto of the repeal of this anti-justice rule during the reconvened session on April 8.
March 30 Press Release from The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
For Cooch to refuse to support this is a slap in the face to law enforcement.