Pardon

November 27, 1993

The state of Maryland owes Kirk Bloodsworth an apology -- and a full pardon from the governor. He spent nine years in jail (two of them on Death Row) for a murder he didn't commit. A DNA test proved his innocence and he was released last June. But five months later, Gov. William Donald Schaefer has not issued a pardon.

Let's chalk it up to the blizzard of paperwork that crosses the governor's desk. Mr. Bloodsworth deserves a pardon. Traditionally, such a proclamation includes monetary compensation for the state's error. Mr. Bloodsworth, after all, lost nine years of his life. His mother died while he was in prison. His father spent $100,000 to free his son. It is time to help Mr. Bloodsworth wipe out this family debt and start his life anew.

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