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  • Stephen A. Northup, executive director of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said he thinks the main reason the number of executions has fallen off is the creation of the Capital Defender Office — a branch of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission created in 2004 that oversees and maintains standards for public defender offices that handle capital cases.

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  • "Capital defendants began to get good, effective, knowledgeable capital defenders and it's a lot harder for prosecutors to win those cases now than they used to be," Mr. Northup said.

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