On August 10, 1982, Frank J. Coppola died in Virginia's electric chair. His was the fifth execution since the 1976 Supreme Court decision holding that a punishment of death was not unconstitutional per se. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, Coppola's was the first execution in over a decade.
James T. Lloyd Jr.,
Questions Surrounding Virginia's Death Penalty,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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