Thursday, February 16, 2006

I Beg Your Pardon

In Montana, there's an effort underway to clear the names of 82 men and one woman convicted of seditious libel during World War I. They were jailed for speaking their minds about the war, "many of them in saloons." A team of law and journalism students from the University of Montana is "piecing together the life stories, criminal histories and family trees of those inmates in an effort to exonerate them," and will submit a formal petition for posthumous pardon to the governor next month.

Law professor Jeff Renz explained the importance of finding out everything they can about the jailed freethinkers:

"We don’t want to seek a pardon for someone who was a serial killer apart from being a seditionist," added Renz. [Link]

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