30 Dec 2010

Poll favours pardoning Billy the Kid

11:05 am on 30 December 2010

A poll conducted by the governor of the US state of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, is reported to show a majority in favour of pardoning the 19th century Wild West outlaw known as Billy the Kid.

Letters and emails on the question were invited after a campaigning lawyer repeated claims - which appear to be confirmed by historical documents - that Billy the Kid had been offered an official pardon in return for testifying in a murder case.

The pardon was never granted.