Good News, Bad News in Death Penalty Legislation

Good news from New Mexico:

New Mexico state lawmakers voted on Friday to repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. ... New Mexico's House of Representatives, also controlled by Democrats, previously voted in favor of the repeal, and it will now go to Governor Bill Richardson for his signature.

Although Richardson has expressed opposition in the past to a death penalty repeal, the odds seem to be good that he'll sign it. Richardson has established a hotline — (505) 476-2225 — for New Mexico residents to express their opinions.

Bad news from Maryland:

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is giving up on an effort to repeal the death penalty and is urging lawmakers to support a bill that would limit capital punishment cases.

Repeal is better than reform, but reform is better than nothing.

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    I'm not going to get my hopes up (none / 0) (#1)
    by MrConservative on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 07:24:52 PM EST