Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rome commemorates NM death penalty repeal

A delegation of New Mexicans is headed to Rome for a lighting ceremony honoring the state's repeal of the death penalty.

The Coliseum, which was once an execution facility in ancient Rome, will be lit Wednesday night in honor of New Mexico's decision to get rid of capital punishment.

Gov. Bill Richardson and Santa Fe archbishop Michael J. Sheehan will attend the ceremony.

The Rome lighting ceremonies began in 2002, and happen each time a state anywhere in the world abolishes the death penalty. - Rome commemorates NM death penalty repeal

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