Thursday, March 19, 2009

Good news

Most of the people who routinely complain that the media concentrate on bad news will probably consider this more of the same, but in a step forward the state of New Mexico has abolished capital punishment. Gov. Bill Richardson, who has supported the death penalty in the past, signed a bill establishing life-without-parole as the state's most severe punishment.

Civilization advances slowly and with halting steps.


Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper said...

This is certainly a positive step for human beings.

I'm chagrined though that it will only apply to those convicted after the new law takes affect.

Will this become grounds for previous death penalty appeals? I would hope so.

The Old New Englander said...

Good point. It's hard to believe that the state would execute someone now on death row, but stranger, and crueler, things have happened.