Now dead and burning in Hell, cop killer Maurice Clemmons was granted clemency by Mike Huckabee when he was governor of Arkansas. Not only will this prove to be problematic if Huckabee plans to run for the presidency in 2012, but it has shined a light on his clemency records. Apparently, the good “conservative” Governor granted more clemencies than any of his three predecessors…combined.
I have always had issues with this ability for governors and presidents. If someone was given a sentence by their peers, then they should serve out that sentence unless the appeals process works in their favor. That is why we have an appeals process. Our leadership are fallible people and the Clemmons case is not an isolated case. This one just gained national prominence because of the heinous execution style shootings of four police officers.
To his credit, Gov. Huckabee has taken responsibility for the situation and apologized telling Bill O’Reilly last night, “If I could have known nine years ago that this guy was capable of something of this magnitude, obviously I would have never granted a commutation. It’s sickening.” This probably will be the nail in Huckabee’s bid for the presidency and I am glad for that because I would not have supported him. He is not a true conservative. Candidates seem to think that no one will look at their records and will just take them at their word. I really do not care who you claim to be now. I look to your actions.
The silver lining in this story is that Maurice Clemmons is dead and we will not have to waste money trying him for the crime and feeding and caring for his sorry a$$.