February 20, 1991 |
Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder on Tuesday commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Joseph M. Giarratano Jr., whose scheduled Friday electrocution had become a rallying symbol for death penalty opponents. Wilder's conditional pardon, which is likely to be accepted by Giarratano by a 5 p.m. deadline today, reduces the sentence of the drug addict-turned-legal expert to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole 13 years from now.
May 24, 1994 |
Former Democratic Gov. L. Douglas Wilder announced his Senate campaign staff Monday, leaving little doubt that he plans to make an independent bid for the seat held by Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.). Wilder, who announced in January that he would not run against his longtime rival, said phone calls, letters and "people that stop you on the street" had convinced him to take another look. However, Wilder said a formal announcement wouldn't come before the June 14 Democratic primary.
October 9, 1991 |
An electronics buff whose recording of a telephone conversation by Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder contributed to a feud between Wilder and Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.) pleaded guilty Tuesday under a plea agreement. Robert W. Dunnington, 44, pleaded guilty to a single charge of interrupting and disclosing electronic communications. U.S. District Judge John A. MacKenzie set sentencing for Dec. 11. Dunnington could receive up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
November 14, 1989 |
An elections official said Monday that her staff will go over returns "with a fine-toothed comb" before certifying the outcome of the governor's race, in which Democatic Lt. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder apparently defeated Republican J. Marshall Coleman. Susan Fitz-Hugh, secretary of the electoral board, said the state's 136 localities have finished canvassing the Nov. 7 balloting for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, the House of Delegates and local offices and referenda.
May 24, 1992 |
Gov. L. Douglas Wilder charged Friday that fellow Virginia Democrat Charles S. Robb and the senator's aides sought to undermine him with a negative publicity campaign that has "not been seen since Watergate." Wilder also alleged that Robb used staff members of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which the senator heads, "to smear and discredit me." Wilder's news conference escalated a bitter and longstanding bout of political one-upmanship between himself and Robb.
November 28, 1989 |
Democrat L. Douglas Wilder's election as governor was certified Monday but J. Marshall Coleman, his Republican opponent, asked for a recount and also requested an investigation of alleged irregularities at the polls. Coleman made his announcement about three hours before the state Board of Elections reported the returns as 897,139 votes for Wilder to 890,285 for Coleman--a margin of 6,854 votes, or about 0.38% of the nearly 1.8 million votes cast.
December 26, 1992 |
A spokesman for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said this week that he knows of "nothing unusual" about the hiring of Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's goddaughter as a deputy director of the agency. The selection of Rita R. Henderson drew scrutiny after a report in the Charlottesville Daily Progress said she got the job at Wilder's insistence. A written offer to another applicant was withdrawn, the newspaper said. Thomas L.
June 13, 1991 |
The FBI and Virginia State Police said Wednesday that they are investigating allegations that Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's phone calls were illegally recorded. The federal-state investigation moves a political feud between Wilder and Sen. Charles S. Robb--the state's top Democrats and two men considered potential presidential candidates--into the law enforcement arena.
July 28, 1991 |
Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder emerged Saturday from a month deliberately out of the spotlight to deliver a fiery attack on President Bush and fellow Democrats and to lay out the rationale for his likely 1992 presidential campaign. Wilder took to task not only Bush but also many "fiscal pretenders on the campaign trail" in his own party, including a jab that appeared directed at a potential foe in the Democratic race--New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.
March 28, 1991 |
Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor, authorized supporters Wednesday to raise money for a possible campaign for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination. Wilder was coy about his intentions, saying repeatedly that he plans to complete his term as governor, which runs through 1994. But he said he was definitely interested in gauging support for a 1992 presidential run.