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New Mexico repealed the death penalty yesterday when Governor Bill Richardson signed a bill sent to him by the state legislature. For me, the reasons Richardson articulated for signing the bill were very important:

"Faced with the reality that our system for imposing the death penalty can never be perfect, my conscience compels me to replace the death penalty with a solution that keeps society safe."
There aren't many other situations where I believe it's important to get it right every single time, but this is one of them, and since that is impossible to guarantee, what New Mexico did was the most moral thing to do, in my view.

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