Today's Date: March 4, 2021
Jazwares Extends Wildly Popular Squishmallows® Brand With The Launch Of Squishville™   •   The Change Company Names B.C. Silver President of Digital Banking   •   Five Termite Species All Homeowners Should Be Aware Of   •   Gillette® Announces the Return of the Gillette Gaming Alliance   •   SoleSavy Hires Former Los Angeles Lakers Head of Marketing as Senior Vice President of Marketing   •   CORRECTING and REPLACING Micro-Mobility Leader, Helbiz, Launches E-Scooters in Jacksonville, Florida   •   Xfinity Communities Offers Riverside Foundry Residents High Performance WiFi Ready Experience   •   IMAX China Reports Full-Year 2020 Financial Results   •   Top LA Agency, Westside Nannies, Voices Concerns Over Nannies Being Excluded from Vaccine Phase 1B   •   Novetta Success Hiring U.S. Military Service Members with DoD SkillBridge Program   •   CNNBS Announces New Partnership With Baroni Cannabis   •   Sight Sciences Receives FDA Clearance for Expanded Indication for OMNI Surgical System   •   Secret Deodorant Brings Relief to Over 100,000 Women and Their Families with YWCA Partnership   •   Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer to Host Virtual Leadership Institute Focusing on Professional Development of Women in Cancer   •   Innovative Procedures Allow Identical Twin to Donate to Her Sister's Breast Reconstruction   •   Stacey Abrams Urges Women to Champion Change for Those Who Need it Most at the California Conference for Women   •   Subsplash Messaging Provides a Compelling Alternative to GroupMe & Slack for Churches   •   PGMA Safety Campaign Warns of Carbon Monoxide Dangers With Portable Generator Misuse   •   Study Shows SARS-CoV-2 Virus Not Detected in Human Semen   •   Dr. Anthony Bared Takes Part in Facial Hair Transplantation for Transgender Patients Study
Bookmark and Share

ACLU Urges New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson To Sign Bill Abolishing Death Penalty

ACLU Urges New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson To Sign Bill Abolishing Death Penalty

Expensive And Discriminatory Penalty Is Not A Proven Crime Deterrent

March 16, 2009

CONTACT: Will Matthews, ACLU, (212) 549-2582 or 2666;

NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today called on New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a bill passed last week by the New Mexico state Senate that would repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The bill, HB 245, was passed by the state House on February 11 before being approved by the Senate 24-18 Friday. If signed into law, New Mexico would become the 15th state to abandon capital punishment. According to news reports, Richardson, who has opposed repealing the death penalty in the past, is seriously considering signing the bill.

The following can be attributed to John Holdridge, Director of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project:

“It is welcome news that Gov. Richardson is giving considerable thought to the need to abolish the death penalty in New Mexico and he deserves credit for taking seriously the reality that the bankrupting system of capital punishment cannot be statistically or legally defended. Beyond the exorbitant cost to the taxpayers of maintaining the death penalty, there are serious and rampant flaws inherent to our nation’s capital punishment system that cannot be ignored. The 130 innocent people who have been exonerated during the past 35 years after being sentenced to death speak to the gamble that is taken every time an execution is carried out. What’s more, study after study has shown that the death penalty is plagued by racial, economic and geographic discrimination. And there is absolutely no credible evidence that the death penalty deters crime. We very much hope that Gov. Richardson signs this historic bill.”

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News