The New Jersey Public Defender's Office won't challenge Governor Jon Corzine's decision to commute the death sentences of eight men now that the state's death penalty has been abolished.
Corzine's decision had been questioned in part because the eight committed their crimes before the state had the option of life without parole, prompting fears that they would eventually be granted parole.
The public defender's office represents the inmates.
Relatives of some murder victims in New Jersey are upset that the state legislature and Corzine acted to abolish the death penalty. One says she will work against them in the next elections. Another, whose daughter was abducted and murdered in 1994, says the only thing he can hope for "is somebody in jail will knock off these guys."