New Mexico Repeals the Death Penalty


Citing the possibility of executing an innocent person, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed a law last night repealing the state’s death penalty. New Mexico is now the 15th state in the country without capital punishment.

“I do not have confidence in the criminal justice system as it currently operates to be the final arbiter when it comes to who lives and who dies for their crime,” Richardson said. “If the State is going to undertake this awesome responsibility, the system to impose this ultimate penalty must be perfect and can never be wrong.”

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. (Associated Press, 03/19/09)

Seventeen people

have been exonerated by DNA testing nationwide after spending time on death row for crimes they didn’t commit. The Innocence Project

supports a moratorium on capital punishment

while the causes of wrongful convictions are fully identified and remedied.

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