Jim Rocap III, partner at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., has represented Virginia death row inmate Teresa Lewis since 2004. But this week the appeal's final avenues were closing: Virginia's governor refused to grant clemency twice, and late Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court denied Lewis a stay of execution by a 7-2 vote, rejecting Rocap's petition for certiorari. She will be the first women executed in Virginia in more than a century. "A good and decent person is about to lose her life because of a system that is badly broken," Rocap said.
Attorney: Teresa Lewis a 'Poster Child' for Broken Death Penalty System
The National Law Journal
September 23, 2010