Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Richardson done with pardons, except possibly Billy the Kid

Gov. Bill Richardson is done with pardons and commutations, his office just said in a news release -- with the exception of the case of Billy the Kid, which he still is considering.

According to records, he has pardoned 19 people so far. More information in the New Mexican Thursday.

As for those who recently have recently asked for executive clemency, Richardson said "I believe that requests of this nature must be fully vetted and investigated by the appropriate agencies to ensure that I do the right thing for those who request clemency as well as the citizens of New Mexico. While appreciate the urgency from those who have made last-minute requests for pardons, I do not have adequate time to thoroughly review them before leaving office."

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