Anti crime proposals will be plentiful
during an election year General Assembly session starting next
With all 140 seats up for election in November, legislators will
consider measures to expand Virginia's capital murder statute and
get tough on sex offenders, including Internet predators. Other
tough-on-crime measures are sure to materialize before the January
19th bill filing deadline.
Lawmakers continue to find new reasons to execute killers in
Virginia, which ranks behind only Texas in the number of executions
since the US Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976.
Bills up for consideration would allow the death penalty for
killing a justice or judge in a crime related to official duties;
murdering an informant or witness in a criminal case; and
accomplices who share a murderer's intent to kill but don't
directly inflict the fatal wound.