New Hampshire’s highest court rejected Pamela Smart’s latest attempt to receive a sentence reduction. Smart is currently serving life in prison for conspiracy to commit murder and other crimes related to her involvement with her teenage lover in the murder of her husband in 1990. The Executive Council, which rejects state contracts and appointees to courts and state agencies, rejected Smart’s latest request in less than three minutes. The state attorney general’s office has also opposed her commutation, claiming that Smart has never accepted full responsibility for the crimes. Smart’s representative has expressed disappointment in the court’s decision, claiming Smart is fully rehabilitated and not a danger to society. Smart’s longtime attorney argued that the council “brushed aside” her chance at freedom before rejecting her request, and that Smart can refile a petition with the council every two years.

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