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Billy the Kid considered for a pardon

By T.K. Randall
December 18, 2010 · Comment icon 15 comments



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The notorious Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid who killed 21 men is being considered for a pardon.
The governor of New Mexico has been reviewing the case, it is thought that New Mexico territorial Governor Lew Wallace promised Billy the Kid a pardon in the 19th century in exchange for his testimony in a trial.
"As someone who is fascinated with New Mexico's rich history, I've always been intrigued by the story of Billy the Kid and, in particular, the alleged promise of a pardon he was given," Gov Richardson said in a statement.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (15)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by JGirl 12 years ago
I don't understand the point of pardoning people who are long dead me either.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DallasSteele 12 years ago
Wow! I'm sure it makes a big difference to him now!!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ms. Anita Cigarette. 12 years ago
Wow, what a waste of time. Just let the dead guy stay dead & be forgotten in time. *sigh* A judge recently pardoned Jim Morrison for whipping out his penis at a concert in the 70's. Should someone go to his grave & tell him or just move on with our lives? These politicians & judges or what have you, need to get a real education & start dismissing stupid requests for pardoning dead people.
Comment icon #9 Posted by electro13 12 years ago
I dunno. He wouldn't seem so bad-ass if he got pardoned.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Neognosis 12 years ago
Wow, what a waste of time. Just let the dead guy stay dead & be forgotten in time. *sigh* A judge recently pardoned Jim Morrison for whipping out his penis at a concert in the 70's. Should someone go to his grave & tell him or just move on with our lives? These politicians & judges or what have you, need to get a real education & start dismissing stupid requests for pardoning dead people. I don't think you folks understand. Silly little publicity moves like this make money for the state. If you owned certain businesses in New Mexico, this would mean money, though probably a sma... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ms. Anita Cigarette. 12 years ago
I don't think you folks understand. Silly little publicity moves like this make money for the state. If you owned certain businesses in New Mexico, this would mean money, though probably a small amount, potentially coming into your business. It's not about justice or the pardon or whatever, it's about drawing attention, for a short time, to a character connected with a state, which brings some focus on that state in hopes of bringing in some tourism dollars. Money, money, money. Is that all people can think about today? Greedy politicians & crappers. When will Geniocracy set in...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Neognosis 12 years ago
Money, money, money. Is that all people can think about today? Greedy politicians & crappers. When will Geniocracy set in... There is nothing wrong with drawing tourism dollars to your state. This is part of what a governer should be doing. If I owned a business in new mexico that would benefit from tourism dollars, I would be very pleased with this legislative publicity stunt.
Comment icon #13 Posted by iluthradanar 12 years ago
Might matter to his kin but does he have any living relatives?
Comment icon #14 Posted by zgrunt 12 years ago
General concesus is that he did have kin. Thats why he was there at the farm where he died in the first place. That lovely young woman was pregnant. If you compare pics of the child at 21 years old with that of his "father", lets just say the apple doesnt fall far from the tree. As for the pardon, it is a matter of the powers that be actually keeping their word when he kept his. Fact is he earned that pardon.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Still Waters 12 years ago
Fact is he earned that pardon. Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid will not receive a posthumous pardon for killing a county sheriff in 1878, the governor of the US state of New Mexico has said. Bill Richardson had been asked to pardon the infamous 19th Century bandit in order to fulfil a promise supposedly made in exchange for court testimony. But Mr Richardson told US TV that Billy the Kid's name - linked to as many as 27 murders - would not be cleared. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12097794


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