Republican death penalty “selfie” pic going viral

A shockingly callous image of house republicans posing for a macabre selfie before passing highly contentions legislation (in the middle of the night) to reinstate the death penalty is already going viral. The image was first captured by Matthew Reichbach of the New Mexico Political Report who Tweeted it out at 12:40 am Thursday. Before they take up the death penalty bill, a selfie. #nmleg #nmpol
— Matthew Reichbach (@fbihop) October 6, 2016
It was then shared by Representative Javier Martinez after hours of debate on the proposed death penalty bill and shared to his Facebook and Twitter. It has been shared hundreds of times since on both Facebook and Twitter.

New Death Penalty Bill includes public pregnancy examination for accused women, antiquated “retard” provisions

Buried within House Bill 7, the Republican bill to reinstate New Mexico’s death penalty, are provisions requiring accused women to undergo forced public medical examinations “in the presence of the court” and includes antiquated provisions governing processes for “retarded” persons and the “insane.” “Either the sponsors don’t know what is in this bill or they are so out-of-touch that they don’t understand the implications.  Either way these antiquated terms and barbaric assumptions show how extreme and political this entire death penalty proposal has become,” says Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico. Section 10 of HB7 adds “new material” from the bill writers governing the punishment of “mentally retarded” persons. Section 14 governs the “insanity of the defendant.”

Thousands sign petition to Gov., Legislators opposing death penalty plan for NM

Update: Friday, Sept. 30, 2016:
Friday morning, our team at ProgressNow printed out almost 2,000 pages with messages like yours from New Mexicans opposing the Governor’s new death penalty plan. Gov. Martinez & Legislators: Don’t create a new death penalty for New Mexico:

We marched right up to the 4th Floor of the Roundhouse and personally delivered them to the Governor’s office, then gave copies to members of the House Judiciary Committee which heard the bill that same day. That’s a good first step, but we can’t stop there. That same day, we started reviewing the bill and found big problems with the death penalty draft no one else had written about.

Petition: Gov Martinez, legislature, don’t create a new death penalty for NM

In 2009, New Mexico’s legislature and Gov. Richardson repealed New Mexico’s death penalty, replacing it with new laws providing for strict life in prison sentencing and restitution for survivors and victims of our most serious violent crimes. At the time, that bold move received international praise, including an invitation for the governor, legislators and advocates who led the repeal effort to visit with him at the Vatican. Fast forward to 2016 and Governor Martinez -term-limited and facing a sustaining level of public support (less than 50% of New Mexicans have approved of her job performance in poll after poll for all of 2016) – has a new proposal to mark her legacy in office: a return of the death penalty. According to recent polls, the public is split on the issue (mostly along party lines) but those involved in the business of peace and justice are firmly against it and it’s time we send a message. “This repeal of the death penalty was a milestone, moving New Mexico from a culture of violence to a culture of peace, justice, and love,” New Mexico’s Catholic Bishops said in a united statement last month.

Gov’s call for a new death penalty is nothing but political opportunism. Here’s why.

“To the many excellent reasons to abolish the death penalty — it’s immoral, does not deter murder and affects minorities disproportionately — we can add one more. It’s an economic drain on governments with already badly depleted budgets.”
This is the opening line from a New York Times editorial from 2009 titled “High cost of death row.”

This week Governor Susana Martinez once again showed how out of touch with reality she by simultaneously calling for a special session of the legislature to fix the projected $150 million budget shortfall within hours of also calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty in New Mexico. Wait, what? The death penalty is scary expensive to maintain in every state where it does still exist. It’s incomprehensible that the “worst run state” (yes, that’s NM under Martinez) in the union could fund an unneeded, unusable, and archaic practice like the death penalty.