Mike Huckabee's pardons | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mike Huckabee's pardons

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 8:15 AM

For the record, the Arkansas Leader highlights another beneficiary of Mike Huckabee's generous pardon/commutation practices who finds himself in trouble with the law again -- Jimmy Hinton, accused in a credit card scam.

Gov. Huckabee never had any connection with [co-defendant Carlos] Brown as far as we know, but one of the thief’s confederates was James Edward “Jimmy” Hinton, a former basketball star at Little Rock’s Hall High School. Hinton will be tried later this month for his role in the racket. After his playing days, Hinton spent time in the state penitentiary for distributing cocaine.

Huckabee, as we know, had a soft spot for sports and rock stars, businessmen who contributed to the Republican Party, repenting sinners, anyone who had victimized a relative of Bill Clinton and anyone who found a Baptist preacher to vouch for him. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Huckabee gave Hinton a pardon. We don’t know what the former star told Huckabee that merited a pardon, or whether a preacher interceded for him, a model path to earn clemency in the Huckabee years.

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