New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed the bill to repeal the death penalty, “the most difficult decision of my political life“, he said. He used to support capital punishment, but the risk to execute an innocent person is just too high — “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,” he declared.
It is such a relief to live in a state that can’t be named in the same breath with North Korea, China, and Iran, at least not as far as the death penalty is concerned. I applaud Governor Richardson for his decision. The right-wing Christians, crazies, and other nut burgers here in New Mexico certainly made it hard; if you don’t believe it, read some of the comments at the Santa Fe/New Mexican (link above).