Comments: Mike Huckabee/cop killings | Arkansas Blog

Monday, November 30, 2009

Comments: Mike Huckabee/cop killings

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

The Atlantic rounds up what no doubt will be a growing list of commentaries on Mike Huckabee's role in commuting the lengthy prison sentence of Maurice Clemmons, a suspect in four police slayings Sunday in Washington. It's mixed. Some sympathy; some criticism.

The early going is marked by confusion.

The Atlantic says a parole board had to first make Clemmons eligible before Huckabee could "pardon" him. There was no pardon. Huckabee commuted the lengthy sentence (its precise length is, for the moment, shrouded in confusion, but it was lengthy because he was sentenced for multiple felonies, including robbery. He was not a first-time burglar as one writer seemed to think). The Parole Board makes recommendations on commutations, but no governor is bound to follow them. Huckabee followed this one. Everything that came after, including Clemmons' speedy release, flows from that decision. As in so many other questionable calls by Huckabee, a full explanation of his thinking is lacking. If it was sympathy for a youthful offender, he passed over dozens, if not hundreds, of others who could have made a similar claim.

Further reporting -- and there will be further reporting -- will clarify what set the case of Maurice Clemmons apart from so many other teen offenders with long rap sheets who got not just one, but two, speedy releases from the state parole board.

The American Spectator's Quin Hilyer remarks:

The fact that it was the asinine Mike Huckabee who commuted his sentence merely confirms all the stories that I and others spent so much timne in 2007-2008 trying to alert people to -- namely, that Huckabee A) has massive ethical problems and B) that his history of commutations of criminals shows a reckless disregard for public safety and for victims' rights.

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • 'Million-Dollar Thursday': A visit to Sherwood's hot check court

    We take a visit to the weekly hot check court in Sherwood District Court, the subject of a recent civil rights lawsuit filed by ACLU Arkansas and others, who say the system there results in a modern-day debtor's prison
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Guest Playlist: Flap Jones of "Not Necessarily Nashville" schools us on real country music

    "Not Necessarily Nashville," which airs on KUAR-FM 89.1 every Saturday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., celebrates three decades of the "best of the rest of country music" Saturday, October 21 at the White Water Tavern with Brad Williams of The Salty Dogs & The Creek Rocks, and we asked host Flap Jones to curate a playlist for us ahead of that anniversary celebration.
  • Discussion: State killing of the mentally ill

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and others will have a forum on mental illness and the death penalty at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bowen School of Law's Friday Courtroom.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation