FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, July 2nd, 2021
Republican Nominee for Attorney General Jason Miyares’ statement on the DOJ Pausing Capital Punishment:
VIRGINIA BEACH —Yesterday US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the US will be pausing all future executions, including those convicted of the most heinous crimes.
“Attorney General Garland’s decision to pause capital punishment is the unfortunate reality that the criminal first, victim last mentality extends past Richmond. It’s another example of partisan politics being injected into the Attorney General’s office.
It’s fitting that the same day the far-left liberal monopoly in Richmond’s vision for so-called “criminal justice” went into effect that we see it implemented on a national scale. It shows that Mark Herring and his liberal allies are in lockstep with the radical left.
In those extreme cases, the ultimate crime deserves the ultimate punishment. Criminals who brought unspeakable levels of pain and carnage to so many Americans, like the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof, deserve the ultimate punishment. Just like in Richmond, the voices of the victims are being ignored.
Now, more than ever, we need to ensure that we have a check and balance in the Attorney General's office in Virginia.
Virginia needs an Attorney General that will put victims first. Mark Herring has been trained as a politician - I’ve been trained as a prosecutor. When our national government is weak on crime and putting the needs of criminals ahead of both victims and law-abiding citizens, we need an Attorney General that will fight back and prioritize the safety of Virginians - and that’s not Mark Herring.”
About Jason Miyares
Jason Miyares is the first Latino nominated by either political party for statewide office in Virginia history. If elected, he would be only the third minority, and first Latino, elected in the Commonwealth.
Jason Miyares was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and earned his law degree from William & Mary where he served on the Honor Council.
Following law school, Jason Miyares served as a prosecutor in Virginia Beach where he had a greater than 90% conviction rate.
Jason Miyares was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015 and has served on the Court of Justice committee during his time in the General Assembly. During this past legislative session Jason was a vocal opponent and led the fight against the death penalty repeal.
Jason Miyares gets his inspiration to serve from his mother, Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 as a teenager with nothing but the clothes on her back and no idea where her next meal would come from. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of the freedom and democracy of America. Above all, his mother’s story of losing everything she owned to the horrors of socialism taught Jason Miyares firsthand the truth of Ronald Reagan’s maxim that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction… it must be fought for, protected and handed on….”