Smith admitted to abducting and killing Running Rabbit, 20, and Mad Man, 23, after the two men picked up Smith as he hitchhiked along U.S. 2 near Marias Pass. Planning to steal the men's car, Smith marched his victims into the nearby bushes and shot them in the head with a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle.
Smith said later he wanted "to find out what it would be like to kill somebody."
What's up with Brian Schweitzer, a former Clinton official who won the Montana governorship by portraying himself as a good-old boy, gun toting regular guy; who claims to be Catholic but is pro-abortion? You'd figure that a good liberal would have more compassion for the famously downtrodden "native American" community. The "Native American" tribe to which the victims belonged specifically lobbied the governor to refuse clemency to Smith.
I guess secretly courting favor with the Canadian moral elites to the north means more to Schweitzer than the verdict of a Montana jury and the wishes of the victims' community.
Meanwhile, some Canadians are upset at their government's decision to "not actively pursue bringing back to Canada murderers who have been tried in a democratic country that supports the rule of law," a position that abolitionists find abhorrent, since apparently a fair trial in a democratic country should be subject to the veto of the mother country of the defendant.
(HT to Doug Berman)