Back from Spring Break today and I received some truly wonderful news.
The death penalty has been abolished in New Mexico!
After Governor Bill Richardson signed the bill, New Mexico is now the 15th state in America that no longer executes human beings.
Congratulations to all the many people who have worked so hard in New Mexico and can now celebrate a fantastic victory.
Thank you to all who continue to fight for justice and human rights.
Thank you to all who refuse to be on the side of the executioners.
Today is a great day.
ABOLITION IN NEW MEXICO!
BREAKING: Death Penalty Dead
By Dan Boyd
Gov. Bill Richardson signs death penalty bill, which ends executions in New Mexico.
Richardson announced he would sign the bill at a 6 p.m. press conference today in Santa Fe.
SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson says he is signing a bill repealing New Mexico’s death penalty.
The bill replaces lethal injection with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The governor faced a deadline of midnight for making a decision on the bill that lawmakers sent him last week.
New Mexico is only the second state to ban executions since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
It joins 14 other states that do not have capital punishment.
New Mexico has executed nine men since 1933. The most recent execution was in 2001.
There are two men on death row whose sentences are not affected by the repeal.