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Iran has fired back with the old "You're a hypocrite." Seems Tehran thinks Virginia opting to execute Teresa Lewis, a woman with a low IQ who conspired to murder her husband, isn't much different than an Iranian court's hugely controversial decision to sentence Sakineh Mahammadi Ashtiani to death by stoning on adultery charges.
"We will file an official complaint to the international community against the US if the sentence is administered."
Rocap appealed Monday to McDonnell to reconsider his decision to deny clemency to Lewis, claiming new evidence should spare Lewis the death penalty. Rocap argued that one of the gunmen claimed he manipulated Lewis, who is borderline mentally retarded, "to dupe her into believing he loved her so that he could achieve his own selfish goals."
McDonnell's legal counsel said the governor's decision would stand.
Based on a thorough review, "the governor found no compelling reason to grant clemency and made a final decision," J. Jasen Eige wrote to Rocap, who released the response Tuesday.
Teresa Lewis, 41, was sentenced to death for providing sex and money to two men to kill her husband and stepson in October 2002 so she could collect on a $250,000 insurance pay out. The country's top court refused Tuesday to intervene.
Two of the three women on the court, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, voted to stop the execution. The court did not otherwise comment on its order.
The court's decision followed Gov. Bob McDonnell's refusal to reconsider a clemency request, which he rejected Friday.
Teresa Lewis, 41, died by injection at 9:13 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. She became the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century. Supporters and relatives of the victims watched her execution at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.