Justice for Some

The state clemency board recommended Carol Herriman be released, but other women with similar stories still wait for justice

Richardson won't say whether she will introduce new legislation to fix the wording.

George Beard, director of the Board of Executive Clemency, says the board doesn't make decisions based on legislative intent.

"Where does the road of good intention go?" he asks. "I don't do things on intentions. I would be out of my mind."Furthermore, Beard says Richardson's contention that she didn't realize this law would help only Herriman is false. He says he advised her exactly what the change from "or" to "and" would do.

Carol Herriman
Carol Herriman

"The only person out of the 25 or 26 applicants we got that this law will affect is one person -- and everybody knew it."

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