Wasting Time: Pardoning Billy the Kid?
Apart from the potential to bring a little national attention to New Mexico and maybe stimulating a little tourist interest, I must confess that I just don’t get the following (via CNN): Decision on possible Billy the Kid pardon expected by end of week.
The governor of New Mexico has until Friday to decide whether to pardon outlaw Billy the Kid in the killing of a sheriff.
As of last week, Gov. Bill Richardson had received about 400 responses on a special website dedicated to answering a generations-old question: Should outlaw Billy the Kid get a pardon in the killing of a sheriff?
Richardson, a Billy the Kid buff, is looking at an old promise by another governor, and not the Kid’s cold-blooded reputation, in deciding whether to issue a posthumous pardon, officials said.
One will grant that this is just PR and one supposes that the actual cost of the process is negligible. But seriously, this has a certain cartoonish quality to it.