Paul Blumstein commented:
This article isn’t up to your normal standards. From what you say, the only reason your prefer Bell over Adams is that you promised him your help? No other reason?
Excellent comment! (Glad you came by Paul and that you were civil about it!)
So I do want first to go back into the vault and talk about why I like Del. Bell for Attorney General. His bill to authorize grand juries that cross county lines in human trafficking cases was signed by Governor McDonnell and he also supports my long time concept for a capital litigation office:
I would strongly support an effort to establish a Capital Litigation Unit that could directly assist prosecutors who are trying capital cases. Currently there is an advisory role, but no ability to be involved in a day-to-day way. As you know, many prosecutors, especially those in smaller jurisdictions, have never tried a capital case when one occurs in their county. They are forced to try what is of course the most serious — and also most complicated — criminal case without ever having done one before. Meanwhile, death penalty opponents are often very experienced and specialized. I think it would make sense to have the same level of specialization on the prosecution side, and it would make sense to organize this through the AG’s office.Rob
The AG must follow and enforce the law as it is written.
Well, I met Del. Bell last year at the Mechanicsville TP meeting and I immediately liked him. He has gotten bills passed (in at least one house) to help with voting rights (The real voting rights party is the GOP of course in that they respect the franchise enough to require security at polling places!), property rights, tried to fight Agenda 21 and has worked to assist AG Cuccinelli in fighting human trafficking. (It does not hurt that Sen. Obenshain voted against my favorite bill – SB 738 – the appellate defender!) I just discussed with Del. Bell the idea about a special capital litigation unit in the Attorney General’s office which is much needed to balance the hordes of liberals who oppose capital punishment for willful murder. (As my readers know I am a bit conflicted about capital punishment mainly due to the tremendous cost of litigation, however now that the so-called human rights advocates are now taking on life without parole, I must take a stand: Death penalty is just, moral and appropriate for certain willful murders.)