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Wash. shooting re-opens Huckabee's clemency record

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:20 AM
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 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee had a hand pardoning or commuting many more prisoners than his three immediate predecessors combined. Maurice Clemmons, the suspect in Sunday's slaying of four Seattle-area police officers, was among them.

For a politician considering another run for the White House, Clemmons could become Huckabee's Willie Horton.

English said it's hard to avoid comparing the case to Horton, a convicted killer who raped a woman and assaulted her fiance while on release as part of a prison furlough program supported by Michael Dukakis when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Clemmons was among 1,033 people who were pardoned or had their sentences reduced during Huckabee's 10 1/2 years as governor. Bill Clinton, Frank White and Jim Guy Tucker granted 507 clemencies in the 17 1/2 years they served. Beebe, Huckabee's Democratic successor, has issued 273 commutations and pardons since taking office in January 2007 — all but one of them were pardons after the completion of the inmates' prison terms.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091201/ap_on_re_us/us_huckabee_horton

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by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Here are Huckabee's statements on the matter: http://www.huckpac.com/?Fuseaction=Blogs.View&Blog_id=2910

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by Ruby Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I think it is wrong for the media and  others to attempt to place all blame on Huckabee.  He has taken responsibility for giving clemency to this guy but he did NOT release Clemmans a parole board did!  We need to not forget the prosecutor in Arkansas and the two judges here in Washington are to blame as well.  In fact I will go so far as to say our Governor or at the very least the Department of Corrections is to blame as well.  

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