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Convicted schoolgirl killer Karla Homolka is planning to apply for a pardon and will be eligible to file her application as soon as July 5, according to a report by CTV News.

The network quoted unnamed sources as saying that she would apply and could beat parliamentary legislation that could deny her the right to do so.

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New restrictions that would deny some violent offenders the right to apply for pardons are stalled in the House of Commons.

As it stands now, most pardon applications are granted. CTV cited figures showing that only 800 of 40,000 pardon applications were denied last year.

In order to get the changes passed before Ms. Homolka becomes eligible to apply, Parliament would have to unanimously agree to keep sitting.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper cited Ms. Homolka's case as a reason for the new rules.

The issue came to a head earlier this year when it was revealed that Graham James, a high-profile junior hockey coach convicted of sexually assaulting two players, had been pardoned in 2007.

A pardon can help former prisoners find work or leave the country.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper cited Ms. Homolka's case as a reason for the new legislatio

Ms. Homolka, who was released from prison in 2005, was convicted of manslaughter in the murders of teenagers Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French.

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