Feingold introduces bill to ban federal death penalty

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) introduced legislation Thursday seeking to abolish the death penalty for federal crimes in the United States.

Building off the announcement that New Mexico would now forbid capital punishment, Feingold introduced the Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2009, which would effectively commute all federal death penalty sentences to life sentences, and forbid the use of capital punishment in later convictions.