Ex-NM Governor urges Del. death penalty vote

By Randall Chase, Associated Press 1:33pm, March 27, 2014 - Updated 3:55pm, March 27, 2014
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson visits Del. to support death penalty repeal legislation. (Photo courtesy of Del. House Democrats.)
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson lends his voice to an effort to repeal the death penalty in Delaware.

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Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was in Dover to urge the House to discuss and pass Senate Bill 19 to repeal the death penalty in Delaware.

Richardson speaks to his experience as governor in dealing with the same issue.

"In the past, as I mentioned, I had believed that the death penalty served as a deterrent to some who might consider murdering a law enforcement officer, a corrections officer, or a witness to a crime, but people continue to commit such terrible crimes even in the face of the death penalty," said Richardson.

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Richardson and others in attendance spoke to the momentum in the United State and around the world to repeal the death penalty.

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