Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Gov. Brian Schweitzer is now denying previous reports (here) suggesting that there was something like a commutation deal offered to Canada in 1997 on behalf of convicted double murderer Ronald Smith. Schweitzer says, "Nothing was put on the table, nor did I offer anything." He also explains that he has "listened to a lot of folks" and "explained to them" that he cannot act "unilaterally" in the matter. For sure, in Montana, requests for commutation of sentence are filed after an execution date has been set and they have to be filed with the state Board of Pardons and Parole. After public hearings, recommendations are made to the governor. See more details on the story here.