Supreme Court Clears Way for Execution

UPDATE Sept. 21, 2010

(from Associated Press)

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to block the execution of a woman convicted of two hired killings, clearing the way for the state's first execution of a woman in nearly a century.

Teresa Lewis, 41, is scheduled to die by injection Thursday for
providing sex and money to two men to kill her husband and stepson in October 2002 so she could collect on a quarter-million dollar insurance pay out.

Two of the three women on the court, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, voted to stop the execution. The
court did not otherwise comment on its order.

The court's decision followed Gov. Bob McDonnell's refusal to
reconsider a clemency request, which he rejected Friday.

September 21, 2010

Virginia's governor has denied a request to reconsider clemency for a death row inmate scheduled to be the first woman to be executed in Virginia in nearly a century.

The decision announced Tuesday by attorneys for Teresa Lewis means only the U.S. Supreme Court stands between the 41-year-old death row inmate and her execution Thursday.

McDonnell decided Friday night he would not grant clemency to Lewis, who masterminded the hired killings of her husband and stepson to collect insurance money.

Attorney James R. Rocap III appealed to McDonnell to reconsider his petition for clemency, arguing that one of the gunmen admitted he was the mastermind of the killings in October 2002.

The governor's office said McDonnell found no "compelling" reason to grand clemency and called his decision final.


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