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No Pardon for Billy the Kid

In his final weeks in office, Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico flew to Cuba and North Korea on freelance negotiating trips and then traveled back in history, to the Old West, to decide whether to pardon a notorious outlaw.

When Mr. Richardson announced in Santa Fe, N.M., on Friday, his last day in office, that he would not pardon Billy the Kid, he prompted sighs of relief from descendants of those who hunted down the young gunman. He also underscored the expansive view he has long held of himself as a politician and diplomat.

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