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February 17, 2009

Death penalty abolition becoming more realistic in a few western states

Though 2009 has already brought a large number of executions, it also has brought a lot more serious talk of the elimination of the death penalty in various states.  Today's abolition headlines come from states out west:

  • From Montana, this local report details that after "a 90-minute, emotionally charged debate, the Republican-controlled state Senate [on Monday] endorsed a bill to abolish the death penalty in Montana."
  • Fron New Mexico, this AP story reports that "Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday he has softened his stance on the death penalty and may sign a repeal bill if it reaches his desk."

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A bill to use death penalty budget dollars to prosecute cold cases has been run a couple of years in a row in Colorado, but has not secured passage.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Feb 18, 2009 2:53:34 PM

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