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New Mexico votes to repeal death penalty

Earlier today, Friday, 13 March 2009, the New Mexico Senate voted 24-18 to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. House Bill 285 passed the house of representatives last month and now goes to Governor Bill Richardson for his signature. When Governor Richardson signs this bill, New mexico will become the second state in as many years to legislatively abolish the death penalty.

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