Wednesday, March 18, 2009

End the Death Penalty, Denish Says

We still don't know when today Gov. Richardson will act on HB285.

But he just got some advice from the Lt. Guv.

Santa Fe, NM – Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish today personally delivered a hand written note to Governor Richardson urging him to sign a bill ending the death penalty in New Mexico while ensuring that convicted murderers face life in prison without possibility of parole. Denish issued the following statement:

“Today I urged the Governor to sign legislation ending the death penalty in New Mexico. But we must do everything in our power to bring justice to those convicted of murder. Therefore, I support replacing the death penalty with a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole. If you’ve committed murder, you will be behind bars the rest of your life, no exceptions. I will continue working with our police officers and prosecutors and with victims’ families to make sure justice is served.”