Congratulations, New Mexico!
New Mexico has become the second US state in two years - the 15th state overall - to abolish the death penalty. The legislation signed by Governor Bill Richardson makes New Mexico the first western state to repeal the death penalty since executions resumed in the US in 1977.
I'm especially pleased to learn this about New Mexico, as I'll be depositing some of my hard-earned loonies there, when my nephew and his partner get married in Santa Fe in September.
As of today, March 19, 2009, 20 people have been executed in the US this year, bringing the total since 1977 to 1137.
If you are an abolitionist, as I am, the Death Penalty Information Center has everything you need to know to argue your case.