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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

New Mexico House Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty

On Monday, after eight years of effort, death penalty opponents in New Mexico's House of Representatives voted 38-31 to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without parole.  The repeal bill will now move to the State Senate for approval, although New Mexico's Governor, Bill Richardson, who has favored the death penalty in the past, can also veto the bill.  Talkleft reports that the last time the NM Senate voted on a bill to repeal the death penalty, the bill was defeated by only one vote. More... [Mark Godsey]

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