New Mexico House Votes to Abolish Death Penalty
The New Mexico state house voted today to abolish the death penalty in favor of life without parole. It now goes to the state senate.
What will Gov. Bill Richardson do if this bill reaches his desk? It's a political hot potato. Richardson has been in favor of the death penalty in the past. But if he vetoes the bill, it could have a negative effect on his chances for a 2008 Democratic nomination for President.
The last time the N.M. state senate voted on a bill to end the death penalty, it defeated the bill by only one vote.
Legislators who believe the death penalty is a deterrent are misinformed.
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