One of the thorniest issues of Billy The Kid is the promise of his pardon. In 1879, Billy the Kid offered testimony in a murder case in exchange for a pardon for all charges against him in New Mexico. Billy the Kid, AKA William Bonney and Henry McCarty, testified, but New Mexico territorial governor Lew Wallace didn’t issue the pardon. Billy the Kid died in 1881 after escaping from jail. Now, New Mexico’s governor, Bill Richardson, has a few days left to decide whether or not to pardon Billy The Kid.
If there’s going to be a pardon for Billy the Kid, it’ll be in the hands of Richardson, whose time to make a decision is ticking away slowly. The state’s incoming governor, Republican Susana Martinez, has brushed off the issue of a pardon for a man who has been dead since 1881. According to Richardson, a website and online poll set up by his office indicates that more people are in favor of the pardon than are against it, despite the fact that Billy the Kid was a real criminal, unlike recently-pardoned Jim Morrison.
“There’s an awful lot of work to be taken care of for us to be wasting so much time on such a consideration. It’s just a waste,” said incoming Governor Martinez.
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