The hours are ticking down to a deadline Friday for a US state governor to give a posthumous pardon to Billy Kid, the infamous 19th century Wild West outlaw.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson reaffirmed Wednesday that he plans to make a decision before he leaves office at the end of the year — in a day.
“I believe that requests of this nature must be fully vetted and investigated by the appropriate agencies to ensure that I do the right thing for those who request clemency as well as the citizens of New Mexico,” he said.
The legend of Billy the Kid — real name William H. Bonney, although also known as Henry McCarty and Henry Antrim — has inspired dozens of books and films, several impostors and attempts to exhume his grave to test for DNA.
Some say then New Mexico governor Lew Wallace, who wrote the novel “Ben Hur” from the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, promised to pardon Bonney, shot down by Sheriff Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881.
But Garrett’s grandchildren oppose granting a pardon, saying it would amount to painting Garrett as a cold-blooded killer, “accusing our grandfather, in national and international media, of hideous crimes.”
“We consider that an abomination as well as an inexcusable defamation of a great man,” said Jarvis Patrick and Susan Floyd Garrett.
Various fans of the Billy the Kid legend have pushed for the pardon for more than a decade, including Elbert A. Garcia of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, who believes he is the great-grandson of the famed gunman.
Garcia wrote a book in 1999 explaining how his grandfather, Patrociano Garcia, was Bonney’s son — even though there is no proof the bandit had any descendants.
Richardson, a former US energy secretary and ambassador to the United Nations — who traveled to North Korea this month on his latest diplomatic mission — is stepping down after two terms as governor of the southwestern US state.
GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms
According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.
The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."
Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’
President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.
Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."
Trump’s first term: hits and misses
"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?
Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.
- HITS -
The economy will be Trump's major selling point.
GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.
Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.
Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.