Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) has wisely granted clemency to Percy Walton, commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment.
Virginia's Republican attorney general, Bob McDonnell, said the request should not have been granted, despite accumulating evidence that Walton's mental condition has worsened since he was arrested for the murders, which he committed 12 years ago at the age of 18.
According to a Richmond newspaper, one of Walton's lawyers commended Kaine's action. When asked how Walton would react to the news, he said poignantly that it "won't make any difference to him. He will not know."
We shouldn't execute people like Percy Walton.
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