Gov. Bill Richardson just signed the measure to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico.
Richardson is surrounded in his 4th floor Cabinet room by supporters of the repeal including representatives of the Catholic church. The governor said the decision was the toughest he's ever made.
He said he made the decision today at 4 pm after going to mass, visiting the prison in Santa Fe including what he called the death chamber.
"My conclusion was those cells may be something worse than death."
Read Thursday's New Mexican for more information.