Criminal Justice

N.M. Lawmakers Repeal Death Penalty

The legislature of New Mexico voted today to repeal the state’s death penalty, replacing it with a sentence of life without possibility of parole.

The bill now goes to the governor for his signature, reports the Associated Press.

Although Gov. Bill Richardson has previously said he would oppose such legislation, he now is thinking about signing: “I have met with many people and will continue to consider all sides of the issue before making a decision,” he says in a written statement issued after the legislation was passed.

The New Mexico Independent provides a live blog and webcast of the state senate proceedings today on the death penalty.

Additional coverage:

Open Forum (San Francisco Chronicle): “What price vengeance?”

Death Penalty Information Center: “New Voices: Jimmy Carter Urges New Mexico Governor to Support Death Penalty Repeal”

Deadline: “State By State Death Penalty Information: New Mexico”

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