Virginia should take up the bar association’s reforms to ensure a fair and accurate death penalty system.
The American Bar Association spent two years studying Virginia’s death penalty and came up with a dozen recommendations that would lift the state’s thumb off the scale of justice.
The group does not address whether states should have a death penalty. Rather, the ABA acknowledges that prudence requires capital punishment to be administered justly. And all should favor ensuring that those the commonwealth executes truly merit the irrevocable penalty.