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Suspect in Washington police murders could haunt Mike Huckabee

I am failing to see how this should haunt him, Yes this is a horrible horrible thing and I hope this man gets a needle in the arm soon but Huckabee didnt know this person was going to go and kill 4 officers 9 YEARS later!

The murder of four police officers in Washington on Sunday cast a pall on the nation's Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and now there's a political controversy brewing over the the main suspect in the killings. Investigators have named former Arkansas prison inmate Maurice Clemmons their primary suspect. Clemmons was released nine years ago after being granted clemency by then-governor and former GOP presidential-candidate hopeful Mike Huckabee. Huckabee now faces questions about that decision, which could damage his standing as a prospective Republican presidential nominee.


Asked by Mrs.Owen86 at 4:11 AM on Dec. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Why would anyone be so eager to hurt Huckabee in December of 2009? A little early doncha think? Going after Palin's book and Palin, now Huckabee, makes one only come up with one conclusion.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 9:09 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • Huckabee commuted Clemmons' 1989 conviction for aggravated burglary and theft of property in 2000, citing the fact that Clemmons was only 17 at the time of the crimes. Clemmons, however, violated his parole and was returned to prison in Arkansas, where he remained until 2004. Just six days ago, he was released from a Washington jail on bail after being arrested several months ago for second-degree rape of a child and assaulting a police officer.

    Huckabee distanced himself from Clemmons' release in a statement last night, arguing that the commutation was not the final word:


    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 4:11 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • He was recommended for and received a commutation of his original sentence from 1990. This commutation making him parole eligible and was paroled by the parole board once they determined he met the conditions at that time. He was arrested later for parole violation and taken back to prison to serve his full term, but prosecutors dropped the charges that would have held him.

    He went further today on Fox News Radio, saying: ''If I could've known nine years ago, looked into the future, would I have acted favorably upon the parole board's recommendation? Of course not."

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 4:11 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

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    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 4:11 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • It was enough to keep Mondale out of office. It could easily do the same for Huckabee, not that I'll cry over it.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:13 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • Sadly, this is what happens when you release repeat offenders. They keep going and going, doing the same ol' stuff, sometimes doing horrific acts like this...

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 4:34 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • ** I don't think it will "haunt" Huckabee, but it's not making him look good.

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 4:34 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • A similar approach on prisoners being paroled/furloughed also killed then Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis' run for the White House against George H W Bush in 1988.


    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:19 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • And this was the commercial/advert that pretty much did Dukakis' presidential run in.

    My Ppoint is, if a crime committed by a parolee was serious enough, it doesn't take much for people to hold anyone and everyone responsible for the early release of the prisoner responsible!  Usually that is the public figure head (governor, political candidate, etc.)


    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:29 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • Although I am not a Huck fan for Pres he did no wrong. With the evidence that was presented and the prosecution not responding to request he did what any other person would have and that would have been to release the person. The guy beat the system again when he violated his parole and the prosecution did not fill the paperwork in time. And he beat the system again when the two judges on the west coast let him go on $15,000 bond. At least Huck had to guts to admit his grief and face questions on National TV. That's more than 98% of those in office today to include Obama.

    Answer by pvtjokerus at 7:31 AM on Dec. 1, 2009