New Mexico abolishes the death penalty

Amnesty International Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL APPLAUDS GOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON FOR ABOLISHING NEW MEXICO’S DEATH PENALTY
A ‘Huge Victory Not Only For the Human Rights Community,
but for Humanity At Large’

Contact: Wende Gozan, 212-633-4247, wgozan@aiusa.org, or Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn 917-815-6439, svaughn@aiusa.org.

(Washington, DC) – Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) today applauded New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for signing into law House Bill 285, which legislatively abolishes the death penalty in the state. The human rights organization praised the governor for demonstrating true leadership and eliminating a fatally flawed system that does not deter violent crime.

“This is a milestone that will make other states stand up and take notice,” said Larry Cox, executive director for AIUSA. “After considering the extensive monetary cost of maintaining capital punishment, as well as the unending emotional cost to victims’ families, Governor Richardson made the only logical choice. His commendable and courageous action serves to inspire other lawmakers who are grappling with this issue. This is a huge victory not only for the people of New Mexico, but for human rights at large.”

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