Pamela Smart's trial and conviction are one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American Jurisprudence.
The actual killers, teenagers, who had criminal records and well known to the police, admitted their guilt. All received reduced sentences by blaming everything on Pamela Smart who wasn't even there. She was 50 miles away at the time of the cold-blooded beating and murder of her husband, Gregg Smart.
The trial was presided over by a judge who hoped that Clint Eastwood would play him in the movie. Wanting to hold onto this highly publicized case which was the highlight of his career, the judge permitted live cameras in the courtroom to televise the proceedings gavel-to-gavel. He denied Pamela her most basic rights--refusing to change the venue to a less hostile community, delay the trial until passions cooled, restrain the media who were out of control, or sequester the jury. He permitted the murderers to be housed together, giving them ample time and opportunity to coordinate their stories and even watch each other testify in live time on televisions in the jail.
It was not the blind eye of justice that governed Pamela Smart's trial. Rather, it was the blind eye of INJUSTICE that prevailed--overlooking the many flaws, inconsistencies and irregularities that went on routinely, day after day.
For 26 years, Pamela Smart has staunchly and consistently denied any role, directly or indirectly, in Gregg's murder. She was convicted by the perjured testimony of self-confessed killers who are now walking around free while she serves a draconian sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole. This is the sentence that should have been theirs, not hers. Pamela's release date is 99/99/9999.
While in prison she has suffered greatly--sexually assaulted by a guard and brutally beaten by fellow inmates. Yet she continues to contribute daily in work that enhances the quality of life and education for women who are incarcerated with her at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York.
We, the supporters of Pamela Smart, implore you to look at the evidence and join us in helping to secure her freedom. Regardless of what you feel about her guilt or innocence, Pamela Smart has served more than half her life in prison. It is time for her sentence to be commuted to time served and allow her to go home to her family. For accurate information please go to http://pamelasmart.com
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- Executive Counselor
The Honorable Christopher T. Sununu
- New Hampshire Governor
As you know, Pamela Smart has now been imprisoned for twenty (25) years. She is innocent. Her sentence of life without the possibility of parole is cruel and unusual in light of the fact that the
admitted murderers of her husband, Gregg Smart, have all been released. The state of New Hampshire has chosen to forgive those who were present, admitted their guilt, and then blamed her in order to later reclaim their lives.
Hers was the most sensationalized televised trial in New Hampshire history with gavel to gavel coverage. 1200 newspaper articles screamed her guilt during the proceedings. Yet, her jury was not sequestered. Nor was the trial delayed until the publicity and passion died down. Nor was the trial moved to another,
more neutral venue, away from the small inflamed community where the murder was committed. The signatories below believe that Pamela Smart’s right to a fair trial was violated in that courtroom.
Governor, you have the power to right this terrible wrong. Please consider a sentence reduction, commutation or parole for this individual who has truly given of herself to others while unjustly
imprisoned for these twenty (25) years.
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