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Canadian on death row at Deer Lodge seeks clemency

 


DEER LODGE — The family of a Canadian on death row in the United States tearfully pleaded with the Montana Parole Board on Wednesday to give him clemency, saying he has changed and deserves to live. Equally emotional relatives of two Blackfeet cousins killed by Ronald A. Smith argued the "scum of the earth" criminal should be put to death.

The case pits Blackfeet tribal members from both sides of the border who want the death sentence upheld against a Canadian government that is asking Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who ultimately makes the decision, to spare Smith's life.

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