Governor Warner has commuted the sentence of Robin Lovitt, giving the man life in prison, rather than the death sentence. Lovitt’s death penalty was on the basis of one man’s testimony, who said he was only 80% sure that he had the right guy; evidence that may have exonerated him was destroyed by the state. Lovitt might be a terrible human being, but he shouldn’t be put to death.
Of course, there’s the political consideration. All other things being equal, perhaps Warner made this decision out of the recognition that it would help him get the Democratic nomination. Or, on the other hand, perhaps he made it knowing that it would make it more difficult for him to get elected, particularly having just witnessed Scott Howell’s attack on Tim Kaine on the matter of the death penalty.