Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cop-killer's blood on Huckabee's hands?

Is there blood on Mike Huckabee's hands? The former Arkansas Governor pardoned cop-killer Maurice Clemons while in office. The Hill reports:
"In 1990, a then-18-year-old Clemmons was convicted of burglary and theft of property and sentenced to 60 years in prison. The teenage Clemmons was already serving 48 years of time on five felony convictions from earlier offenses. He was released 11 years into his burglary sentence. Clemmons began the clemency process by requesting "executive clemency by pardon."

The Governor and his supporters can quote legal mumbo-jumbo and play logical twister all day long as they try to salvage his political career. After all, every Governor makes mistakes. He's a good man, a minister, someone who thought someone had changed for the better. Unfortunately for Arkansawyers (apologies to Paul Greenberg) and four dead cops in Washington, releasing thugs like Clemmons was apparently part of a very disturbing pattern for Huckabee. The Arkansas Leader published the following graph in this 2004 article:

What is the saying about a picture being worth a thousand words? I think in this case its a few thousand.


Anonymous said...

HOLY COW Batman!

Anonymous said...

How do you feel about Barbour giving clemency to men who murdered their wives?

Kingfish said...

Don't like it one damn bit and have said so. I don't want to abolish clemency or parole but when you have guys like Lomax, Morris, and Michael Taylor out on the streets when they were supposed to be in jail, something is broken.

Anonymous said...

SHAME on Huckabee... notice how he say last night on Fox... :it was THEIR falt (the Judges in Wahington)

Anonymous said...

SHAME ON YOU, huckabee ... note last night on Fox he was pointing fingers... It was THEIR falt (the two Judges in Washington State)

Kingfish said...

Well, they DID let him out BUT he let him out FIRST.

Anonymous said...

Our political system really, really needs a mechanism where the constituency can expeditiously - but with due process - remove officials (elected & non-elected) from office when they commit such egregious official acts of terror and waste towards the public, without having to wait for the next election. I enthusiastically voted for Barbour; but, based on my understanding of the facts, I would have strongly supported an effort to have him removed from office after he gave clemency to the wife murderer.

Anonymous said...

Who was the wife murderer?

Anonymous said...

Here come the Barbour-haters. Like clockwork.

Anonymous said...

10:38 IIRC there was more than one wife/gf murderer set free by Barbour. Disgraceful, and it shows the Republicans are SOFT ON CRIME (their former strong suit in elections when I used to support them).

As far as Huckabee and this guy (just killed this morning while stealing a car - good riddance!) I think 11 years is adequate for the non-violent crimes he got convicted of - burglary and theft of property. Last week he was allowed to post bail on a violent crime (rape of a child) and I think that's a lot more egregious violation of common sense. News reports also state that for a few months this guy was claiming he was Jesus Christ and displaying other sings of mental illness or maybe extreme drug use, none of which can be blamed on Huckabee.

Still, Huckabee's attempt at spinning this are pretty sad.

Anonymous said...

I think the blood is on Clemmons' hands and that's it. Huckabee apparently thought Clemmons had changed and the punishment he'd served fit the crime. Huckabee can't see the future and I don't think anyone is to blame here besides Clemmons.

Anonymous said...

Law enforcement officials have a much better record of protecting the public from harmful individuals than do politicians.

Also, no one is asking nor expects Huckabee, Barbour or anyone else holding positions of public trust to "see the future". It's not a matter of "seeing the future" (how superficial!) - it's a matter of exercising responsible and trustworthy judgment - neither of which was the case with Huckabee or Barbour in those instances.

Hookah said...

Is Huckabee related to Michael Dukakis?

I think their presidential bids are.

Anonymous said...

I have a hard time understanding clemency when it comes to murderers. Manslaughter, negligent homocide even, there's cases I can understand, maybe.

How I would feel if the person who murdered my daughter or mother or sister was granted clemency? To me it would a very hard thing to comprehend and understand fully.

I guess I need to read "Clemency 101", I'm sure there's just got to be a way to understand this better. This has just got to make better sense than it does on the surface. Surely.

Kingfish said...

The key word is crimes. He was sentenced more than once when Huck came along. He was already serving one sentence when he got sentenced again. Then of course he committed more crimes after he got out.

Seems that jury and prosecutor knew what they were doing.

Anonymous said...

He was in jail for non-violen t crimes at the time. He was 17 when he was sentenced to 108 years (one-hundred eight years) for non-violent crimes. Huckabee commuted this ridiculous sentence which allowed the Parole Board to evaluate him, and they released him.

You're belittling Huckabee because he wasn't clairvoyant ebough to predict this guy would 1) become a violent criminal in another state and 2) start having delusions or psychotic episodes. I agree Huckabee was way too optimistic about criminals' chances for redemption (as a Baptist pastor, what did you expect) but I think he's getting a raw deal over this.

The judges who let this creep out on low bail bail two weeks ago after he was charged with eight felonies including rape of a child refused to answer any media inquiries about their decision. Huckabee, on the other hand, went on TV and explained his actions and how much he regretted how this guy turned out many years later. I think Huckabee was way too liberal with clemencies in general but he takes responsibility for his actions, unlike many weasels.

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