Monday, November 30, 2009

Huckabee parolee murders four cops

Maurice Clemmons, a man who is out of prison thanks to a Mike Huckabee clemency has murdered four police officers. Apparently he just walked into a coffee shop and started shooting.

Huckabee comments on the shooting:
He [Maurice Clemmons] was recommended for and received a commutation of his original sentence from 1990, making him parole eligible and was paroled by the parole board once they determined he met the conditions at that time.
Real leaders don't try to brush off their responsibilities onto others like this. The parole board members also deserve blame for their bad judgment, but that doesn't lesson the blame of Huckabee who was the one that second-guessed the judgment of the court in the first place and made Clemmons eligible for parole. The court thought that Clemmons should spend the rest of his life in prison and that is what would have happened without Huckabee's intervention. Huckabee second-guessed the court. He put the welfare of the criminal ahead of the welfare of potential future victims, and the future victims have suffered horribly as a result. Huckabee was the chief law enforcement officer of the state, the chief man responsible for protecting his citizens from criminals, and he failed miserably at his responsibility.

Huckabee doesn't just try to pass the blame off onto the parole board, he tries to pass it off onto the diffuse "criminal justice system" as a whole
He [Maurice Clemmons] was arrested later for parole violation and taken back to prison to serve his full term, but prosecutors dropped the charges that would have held him. It appears that he has continued to have a string of criminal and psychotic behavior but was not kept incarcerated by either state.
Those sorts of failures of the criminal justice system are so commonplace that they were predictable. The justice system had already dealt with this violent man and there are already so many obstacles to getting dangerous people out of society, and the process is so unreliable, that it was reckless for Huckabee to throw that work away and require it to be done all over again.

And this isn't an isolated issue, rather it is an illustration of Huckabee's general bad judgment on law-enforcement issues. As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee gave far more pardons and commutations than other governors in similar states.

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