January 21, 2013

No pardon pending for Smart

N.H.'s governor won't consider leniency for convicted plotter.

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A spokesman for New Hampshire's newly elected governor says there's no reason to consider pardoning Pamela Smart.

Pamela Smart, then 23, takes the oath in March 1991 in Superior Court in Exeter, N.H. She is serving a sentence of life without parole after being convicted of recruiting her teenage lover and his friends to murder her husband.


Smart is serving a life without parole after being convicted in 1991 of recruiting her teenage lover and his friends to murder her husband. Her case received worldwide attention and was the basis for the movie "To Die For," starring Nicole Kidman.

Eleanor Pam, an advocate for Smart, said Smart's supporters are urging her to petition Gov. Maggie Hassan for a chance at being released. Smart has denied plotting the murder.

Hassan spokesman Marc Goldberg told the Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/SlWcHH ) that the governor believes Smart was fairly convicted and there's no credible information to warrant consideration of a pardon.

In 2005, Smart unsuccessfully petitioned then-Gov. John Lynch to have her sentence commuted.


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