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Monday, January 30, 2006

Montana Defense Clinic Seeks Pardons for WWI Sedition Convicts

U of Montana Law and journalism students have joined forces to form the Montana Sedition Project, a group of 13 students petitioning for posthumous pardons from MT Gov. Brian Schweitzer for 74 people convicted of sedition during 1918-19.  During these WWI, Montana operated under one of the harshest anti-speech laws ever passed by any state in the history of the United States.  UM journalism Professor Clem Work inspired the project.  He authored the recently published book “Darkest Before Dawn: Sedition and Free Speech in the American West,” which details Montana’s old draconian sedition laws.  The law students who are participating in the Montana Sedition Project plan are drafting a legal opinion as to whether the governor has the authority to pardon these WWI sedition convicts.  In April, the law students hope to present their findings to Gov. Schweitzer.  More on the Sedition Project. . . [Mark Godsey]

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