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Why I am for Del. Rob Bell for Attorney General

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:

Dear Sandy:

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.
Also in this article were words that turned out to be prophetic (written in 2013):
The AG must follow and enforce the law as it is written.
The present one has not done very well there.  Also from another article of mine:
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.)
Del. Bell was one author of a state constitutional amendment that reined in local government use (sometimes abuse) of eminent domain law.  See this article from the Volokh Conpsiracy (an eminent legal blog – forgive the pun!) on Del. Bell’s efforts.
There are other reasons you may find on Bell’s AG campaign website.
I said it before and I’ll say it again:  Either John Adams or Rob Bell will be better than the incumbent.  But if I go to the 2017 convention, I am voting on the first ballot for Del. Rob Bell for Attorney General.  Thanks to Paul Blumstein for his rebuke and suggestion!




About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

3 Responses to “Why I am for Del. Rob Bell for Attorney General”

  1. lawrence wood says:

    While Mr. Adams possesses an impressive resume his actual state experience background is rather thin and consultant advisory based.I support Mr. Bell as well, as an upfront disclaimer, primarily for two main reasons though there certainly are others.

    First, Mr. Bell has a proven legislative track record here in Virginia, he understands how the state GA and Senate works (not form a consultant or lobbyists’ perspective but as a working legislator) as well as understanding the judicial foundation of the state constitution from a hands on operating experience. Secondly, he has been and continues to be supportive of the problems and issues surrounding Virginia’s large veteran population. Not with largely generalized media based speeches of support but with real grounded past legislative efforts to assist veteran families in the state. For former veterans and supporters and those still in uniform he seems to me far and away the best choice for the position.

    • Global Warming is not Real says:


      When a McGuire Woods Attorney runs for AG it is a stepping stone to run for Governor or Federal Office.

      How does a candidate extricate himself from that tangled web of conflict of interest- You know Dominion Power and their Mid-Atlantic Pipeline and Uranium Mining?

  2. Defeat Tyranny says:

    Here is some free political advice for any candidate in Virginia running against Bush INSIDERS and appointees Ed Gillespie for Governor and John Adams for AG:

    There’s a reason Nancy Reagan hated the Bush Family- they attempted to assassinate her husband.

    Old CIA SPOOK George H.W. Bush had dinner with the Hinckley Family the night before crazy John Hinckley tried to kill Reagan.

    Why Nancy Reagan Hated the Bush Family » Alex Jones’ Infowars …
    Alex Jones


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