Canadian Death Row Prisoner - Waiting for Execution Date
A Canadian death row prisoner in Montana has exhausted all appeals and is waiting for his execution date to be set.
Ron Smith's final appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States had its door shut. The highest court in the land refused to hear his case. Ron Smith's life is now in the hands of the Democratic Governor of Montana.
Ron Smith was convicted of murder in 1983 for killing two young Montana men. Originally Smith had asked for the death penalty, but has since changed his mind and has been fighting the death penalty ever since.
This is an act that happened 26 years ago and one must ask himself the question if justice is served by executing someone that long after he/she is convicted. Regardless of which side of the death penalty issue you stand, this must give you some pause for thought.
Canada no longer has the death penalty and the Canadian public is split over this issue. Despite this the Canadian Government has refused to intervene in this case until the courts forced it.
Smith's case will now go to a Clemency board, which will hear witnesses for and against the penalty before rendering a final decision and setting an execution date. Canada can testify on behalf of Smith, but based on its past record, probably won't.
The Governor of Montana then gets the final say and he has not yet indicated which way he might go.
While there will, in all likelihood, be many voices that will push for the execution, is it really justice at this stage?
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Redwater, Alberta, Canada