Times Q&A: El Paso historian: Billy the Kid undeserving of a pardon

Historians in the News

President Richard Nixon got a pardon. So did Scooter Libby, who served in President George W. Bush's administration and was convicted of perjury and other crimes.

Now certain New Mexico historians are hoping that legendary outlaw Billy the Kid receives a posthumous pardon from outgoing New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Richardson last week received a formal petition to pardon Billy the Kid. The governor's staff said the issue, though, has been on Richardson's mind since he took office eight years ago.

If Richardson is to pardon Billy the Kid, or anyone else, he must act by midnight Dec. 31, when his second term ends and he returns to private life.

Billy the Kid's real name was William H. Bonney, although he also was known as Henry McCarty and Henry Antrim.

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