September 21st, 2010
06:30 PM ET

Supreme Court rejects woman's death-row appeal

The  Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an appeal by Teresa Lewis to halt her execution in the state of Virginia. The execution is scheduled for Thursday night.

Lewis pleaded guilty to her role in the 2002 slayings of her husband and stepson in their rural home near Danville, about 145 miles from Richmond, Virginia. Two male co-conspirators - the triggermen - were given life in prison without parole.

Lewis and her lawyers had formally asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to spare her life, arguing she has an IQ that is borderline mentally retarded and that she was manipulated to commit the crimes by a dominant male co-defendant.

McDonnell on Friday rejected the request, and Lewis' lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court.

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  1. thetruth

    yup. Thou shalt NOT kill. It applies to ALL mankind.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK

      The correct original translation of that commandment was "Thou shalt not murder.."

      September 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      according to who? a faceless fairytale figure in the sky?

      September 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Keith

    Victims receive death sentences...shouldn't the ones guilty of handing out these sentences themselves be judged by their laws?

    September 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jyagoda

    W/ developmental problems, she may have been abused. She will be so frightened, since she may not comprehend everything that is happening

    September 21, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      This woman who has "developmental problems" never failed a grade in school until she dropped out at 16. She was subsequently trained as a certified medical assistant.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. wylie

    So...dumb people get a pass when they kill someone???

    September 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      most of this board is on the down side of the bell curve

      September 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pam27

    It speaks ill of a society that advocates the death of mentally deificient woman. This is a woman who possesses an I.Q. of 70 and was the hapless victim of manipulation by two others that will be serving life.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/17/AR2010091706699.html?hpid=topnews

    September 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      "They say she gave her conspirators $1,200 to buy guns, set up an alibi for herself during an earlier, failed attempt to have her husband killed, then left the door to her trailer unlocked so the gunmen could slip in" Yup...she def sounds retarded to me

      September 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • wylie

      If God was here that man would not have been murdered in the first place...

      September 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • wylie

      Oooops! I replied to the wrong post...Doh!

      September 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      How come God is never around to stop the bad things from happening, and is always the reason for good things happening

      September 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logical2010

      Well, I guess we could get her a tutor for the IQ test and then execute her.

      September 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos Marin

      Evil does not require high intelligence. It's evil we punish, not smarts.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      IQ test done AFTER she was arrested. Smart enough to "dumb it down" I'd say. She is a certified medical assistant. How "mentally retarded" can she be? I don't agree with the death penalty BTW...but she is guilty of accessory to murder.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. flickeringspirit

    Lets just say, it will be our day in heaven when God judges all the government people (judges, attorneys, every law officer out there) to hell. Our justice system sucks, by showing favortism. Thank God he shows no favortism. We all p are created equal!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • wylie

      If God was here for the victim, he would not have been murdered in the first place...

      September 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos Marin

      We are all created equal? Hmmm... are you borderline IQd too?

      September 22, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. mrbones

    Hey, this b!tch had someone come in the house and blast her old man with a shotgun to kill him so they could collect his insurance money. She has owned up to doing it and now she does not want to pay an eye for an eye? She will die by injection. That's a lot better than her old man had. I think they should fry her and let me pull the switch.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buck

    Bye bit-h!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. markiejoe

    Fifth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. There are no exceptions for States or countries. Thou shalt not kill.

    Remember, Jesus stepped in and stopped the stoning of the woman. Thou shalt not kill, even as punishment.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      "Thall shall not murder" is the SIXTH commandment...AHEM..cough...just saying

      September 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thorrsman

      Your Bible is mistranslated. Properly, that should read: Thou shalt not commit an unlawful killing. Even in the Latin, that distinction is made clear.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • wylie

      The woman was accused of adultery, not murder. Kind of a subtle difference wouldn't ya' say??? The Old testament also says, "eye for an eye", and chops the hands of thieves off. Let's reconcile that.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos Marin

      BP, what we call the 'Ten Commandments' is not a numbered list, it's a narrative. Jews, Christians and Protestans derive different numbered lists from it, though all take care to make sure it comes to ten in the end.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pablo

    I can see arguments both ways on the death penalty. However, I am saddened by the number of shallow comments such as "fry her", "execute the executioners", etc. They seem to be the majority of the posts. It seems as if this country has a lot of uneducated people (or perhaps willfully ignorant people) who are not capable of any position but the most extreme, and who feel compelled to express themselves with invectives. We are talking about life and death, after all. Can you try to be serious for just a minute and reflect on the issues in serious, thoughtful way? Thanks to those of you, on both sides, who have done that.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Daddy

    Sometimes when you roll the dice you get..."snake eyes". .....

    don't do the crime if ya can't....you know.... LOL

    September 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Luth

    of course it cost mlre to execute than GIVE a life in prison sentence but that life in prison sentence cost over 40,000 dollars a year and that is in the cneap state of Utah.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Why is it that Europeans are so wimpy that they no longer have a death penalty? We, on the other hand, associate ourselves with bastions of freedom such as China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran when it comes to executing people. And those of you who think that it's cheaper to execute than to keep people in jail for life are also mistaken. The way the death penalty works in this country, you spend half a lifetime in prison before you're executed. The whole thing makes no sense at all.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Morto

    They should have given death penalty to the two other men as well. Save us some money

    September 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big Daddy

    And the Rats who actually did the deed and pulled the trigger... Live...guss they were even more mentaly retarded then she was....LMAO

    what a country

    September 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
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