No more death penalty in New Mexico
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed a bill on Wednesday evening abolishing the state's death penalty. It became the 2nd state in recent years to abolish the death penalty legislatively (as opposed to in courts); New Jersey did so in late 2007.
There are now 15 states without the death penalty, but there are many more states that hardly ever use it (9 states executed in 2008). Amnesty International has the rundown on what's going on around the country.