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Three Observations about the Worst of the Worst, Virginia-Style


Corinna Barrett Lain


May 5, 2021

Much could be said about Virginia’s historic decision to repeal the death penalty, and Professor Klein’s essay provides a wonderful starting point for any number of important discussions. We could talk about how the decision came to be. Or why the move is so momentous. Or what considerations were particularly important in the decision‑making process. Or where we should go from here. But in this brief comment, I’ll be focusing not on the how, or the why, or the what, or the where, but rather on the who. Who are condemned inmates, both generally and Virginia‑style?


Corinna Barrett Lain, Three Observations about the Worst of the Worst, Virginia-Style, 77 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 469 (2021)