Repeal of the death penalty in New Mexico marks an extraordinarily significant development in our society, on a level with extending the vote to women, abolishing legal racial segregation, or even abolishing slavery. In his speech at signing, the governor noted many strong reasons to make this change; it is not a deterrent, it’s racially and economically unfair, and the U.S. is alone among developed nations in judicial execution. But he said the strongest factor is the danger of getting it wrong and executing an innocent person.
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