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Nov. 29 2009 - 11:36 pm | 27 views | 0 recommendations | 5 comments

Huckabee Granted Tacoma Shooting Suspect Clemency

Police are waiting to question Maurice Clemmons in connection with the shooting of 4 Washington police officers. Image via the Seattle Times

Police are waiting to question Maurice Clemmons in connection with the shooting of 4 Washington police officers. Image via the Seattle Times

When Mike Huckabee unexpectedly became a serious contender for the Rep ublican presidential nomination in 2008, at least one of his opponents trotted out a time-honored knock against him: He was soft on crime. Their evidence: As governor of Arkansas, he pressed for a convicted rapist to be granted parole. The man, Wayne Dumond, went on to rape and kill another woman.

Now, as roar grows over a possible Huckabee presidential run in 2012, comes similar news: The main suspect in the slaying of four police officers near Tacoma, Wash. is another person who benefited from Mike Huckabee’s sympathies as governor. Maurice Clemmons was given clemency in Arkansas instead of finishing a lengthy prison sentence. Clemmons has a long criminal record, and was in jail as recently as last week but posted bail.

Though Huckabee has said he’s unlikely to run in 2012, and I certainly wouldn’t be inclined to vote for him if he did, but it’s a shame that he’ll likely take a lot of heat for trying to give a then-17-year-old kid a break. Clemmons was granted clemency more than 20 years ago, and if he did end up playing a role in the horrific killing of the four officers, it will have been because he wasted that chance – not because someone decided to give it to him.


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    Anything for a vote…same as reid buying mary landrie’s vote for $300 million…the killer, huckabee, reid, and mary landrei should all share the same jail cell

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    What should sink his chances of running for president is that he’s a religious nut job! He wants to CHANGE the constitution to reflect the bible. I’m sorry, but THAT is enough for me to say no way Jose FOREVER whether it’s 2012, 2016, etc.

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    Oh yeah, he can pack up his sex toys and go home. It’s over for Huckabee. Good column.

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    Can I use my Jesus Get Out of Jail Free card for anything or does it have to be a capital offense?

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