ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Liberal advocates and some Democratic lawmakers say they will strongly oppose a push by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to reinstate the death penalty.
The coalition of death penalty foes is scheduled Tuesday to denounce the governor’s plan to bring back capital punishment in New Mexico after it was abolished seven years ago. They are meeting at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice to discuss how they will oppose the governor’s plan.
Martinez vowed last week to add the issue to a legislative agenda for a pending special session aimed solely at fixing the state’s budget shortfall.
The second-term Republican governor says she wants the death penalty as an option for convicted killers of police, children and corrections officers.
New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009 before Martinez took office.