Calls for Canuck clemency

Opposition critics are pointing to a US appeal court ruling against a Canadian on death row in Montana as a reason for the government to press for his clemency, reported Canwest News Service. Ronald Smith confessed to killing two Americans in 1982 and is in Montana State Prison. He recently had his appeal rejected, but the decision was not unanimous. Liberal Consular Affairs critic Dan McTeague said he questioned the fairness of Mr. Smith's trial. The appeal judges, based in Seattle, also noted that the Montana governor could provide clemency, and noted Mr. Smith's regret for his crimes.

Published: Wednesday, 03/10/2010 12:00 am EST

Opposition critics are pointing to a US appeal court ruling against a Canadian on death row in Montana as a reason for the government to press for his clemency, reported Canwest News Service. Ronald Smith confessed to killing two Americans in 1982 and is in Montana State Prison. He recently had his appeal rejected, but the decision was not unanimous. Liberal Consular Affairs critic Dan McTeague said he questioned the fairness of Mr. Smith's trial. The appeal judges, based in Seattle, also noted that the Montana governor could provide clemency, and noted Mr. Smith's regret for his crimes.

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