Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Pardon the Witches and Warlocks?


Unlike Massachusetts and Virginia who have pardoned the men and women accused and executed for witchcraft Connecticut officials don't see the need for pardons, and have avoided the subject as the state readies itself for a gubernatorial election.

"Gov. M. Jodi Rell's spokesman Judd Everhart, though, says the matter of pardoning accused witches just isn't within the governor's purview.

That would be the state's Board of Pardons and Paroles, he says. Gregory R. Everett, chairman of that board, says he would have to get a legal opinion, but is skeptical that his board has the power to posthumously pardon anyone - let alone those executed so long ago.

"A spokesman for Rell's challenger John DeStefano, fishing for votes, hints that he might be more open to the issue than Rell but since he's trailing badly in the polls I wouldn't hold my breath for that outcome.

Since Avery began her quest she has been covered by the Wall Street Journal and the BBC. The publicity has helped her form a larger group working towards the quest of exoneration. But it remains to be seen if the Pagan descendant* of a falsely accused Christian woman can set the record straight.

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