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Governor mum on death row inmate's prospects

HELENA (AP) — Gov. Brian Schweitzer isn't disclosing what his plans are for the pending request for clemency from a Canadian citizen on death row for the slaying of two Native American men.

Earlier this year, the Montana Parole Board recommended to the governor that Ronald A. Smith be denied clemency. Schweitzer can accept that recommendation, reject it and offer clemency or do nothing at all.

Schweitzer, who leaves office in early January, isn't indicating which way he is leaning.

"I am not saying one way or another," Schweitzer said in a Friday interview.

Smith is asking for life in pri...

 

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