Pamela Smart Serves Life in Prison, Seeks Hope

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for Pamela Smart, who is serving a life sentence without parole for conspiring to murder her teenage girlfriend and husband in 1990, said on Tuesday the state legislature ignored her demands. claimed to have Acknowledging her potential liberty, she asked the Supreme Court of New Hampshire to order a panel to reconsider.

Smart’s longtime attorney Mark Sisti says the five-member council will spend time poring over Smart’s voluminous petitions, including many letters of support from inmates, supervisors and others. He insisted that he hadn’t even discussed it. 3 minutes in March.

“I want the only place I can go—the only place Pam can go—to say, ‘Just Do Your Job,'” Sisti said.

Deputy Judge James Bassett said, “What does that mean? What are we going to say?

In response, Sisti said:

Last year was the third time Smart, who has been in prison for more than 30 years, has requested a hearing from the Executive Council. Now 55, she has exhausted all of her judicial appeal options and will have to go through the council to change her sentence.Her previous petitions were her in 2005 and she was rejected by

Smart is 22 years old and worked as a media coordinator in high school. She later shot her husband Gregory Her Smart in 1990 when she began having her affair with her 15-year-old student. For conspiracy to commit murder and other crimes, she was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Teenager William Flynn and three other teenagers cooperated with prosecutors, served shorter sentences, and were released.

The trial is a media circus and one of the first high-profile cases involving sexual relations between school staff and students. Joyce Maynard wrote “To Die For” in 1992, referencing the Smart case. It inspired the 1995 film of the same name starring Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix.

The attorney general’s office opposed Smart’s request for a reduced sentence, saying she did not accept full responsibility for her crimes.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Laura Lombardi argued Tuesday that Smart “has no protectable constitutional interest in getting her sentence reduced,” and that the case should not go to court.

“This is a matter of mercy and grace held by the executive branch,” she said.

Gov. Chris Sununu had the option to put the request for tax cuts on the Congressional agenda and did so, she said. She said the governor and council do not need to make rules about the process.

Sisti said life in prison without parole should have something to do with it. It’s hope.

“I’m asking Pam Smart to give her a little crack in the door where she can have hope,” he said.

Smart holds two master’s degrees from the Bedford Hills, New York prison, mentors fellow inmates, is an ordained chaplain, and serves on the Inmate Liaison Committee. In her final petition, she said she was reflecting and was in rehab, she apologized to Gregory Smart’s family.