Expansion of Virginia Death Penalty Voted Down

judge-bench1The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted down Senate Bill 7 which sought to expand eligibility for the death penalty. The bill would have removed the state’s “triggerman rule” which restricts capital punishment   to the criminal who committed the crime. On February 3rd the bill   passed the House by a vote of 74-24, but was defeated in Committee by a vote of 9-6.

Voting for the bill were:

Quayle, Norment, Reynolds, Obenshain, McDougle, Hurt

Voting against were:

Marsh, Saslaw, Howell, Lucas, Edwards, Puller, Deeds, McEachin, Petersen