Judge weighs in on death penalty debate

More than half a dozen Sweet Briar students took front-row seats at a debate on the death penalty on the evening of Oct. 19. They were there without much urging from their government teacher, Lawrence Janow, who moderated the discussion panel composed of former speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Vance Wilkins, defense attorney Stephen Martin and Ned Kable, a former elder and member of Amherst Presbyterian Church.

“It was really neat to look out and see them there,” said Janow, who appreciated that the students were interested in the discussion and took the time to attend. Janow is a retired judge of juvenile and domestic relations court in Amherst. He teaches government at Sweet Briar and is the advisor for pre-law students.

The church sponsored the debate, the first in a series of community discussions it plans to hold, according to a Lynchburg News & Advance story.