This would spell defeat for Dukakis in the 1988 Presidential election, however, with the mass murder of 4 police officers in Washington, it appears a Dukakis moment has occurred for a once bright Republican Presidential hopeful.
Maurice Clemmons was sentenced to 60 years in jail for burglary and theft of property, in addition to already serving 48 years for five felony convictions, and facing up to another 95 years on various crimes. This man had his sentence commuted by Governor Mike Huckabee (R - Arkansas), after serving just 11 years of his sentence.
Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State. He was recommended for and received a commutation of his original sentence from 1990, this commutation made him parole eligible and he was then paroled by the parole board once they determined he met the conditions at that time. He 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.
Who should be held responsible for the murder of four police officers? Maurice Clemmons, the murderer, and Mike Huckabee, the Governor who commuted the sentence of a violent felon. While Mr.Huckabee can attempt to blame prosecutors and the parole board for what occurred, Huckabee was the one who received a recommendation, a recommendation for a man who had already been convicted of five felonies, and sentenced to at least 48 years in jail.
It was your pen, that released this menace.
Since he was commuted, Clemmons has racked up 8 felony charges in Washington, the most recent being the rape of a child, and while released on 150,000 bond, murdered four police officers in a ambush.
Governor Mike Huckabee's political career is over, if he dare run for the Republican nomination, not one Republican candidate will miss their chance to bombard him on his past mistakes, mistakes which have cost people so much, and yet... have cost him so little blame.
That is about to change.
Shame on you Huckabee.
Huckabee commuted violent felon, who commits another felon - http://arkjournal.com/2008/01/mike-huckabee-repeat-offender-yet.html
Michelle Malkin digs on Huckabee mishaps with violent felons as Governor - http://michellemalkin.com/2009/11/29/violent-felon-granted-clemency-by-huckabee-now-sought-in-lakewood-wa-police-ambush/
May the police officers who we're violently murdered, rest in peace, and may the scumbag receive the death penalty, if he hasn't been killed already.
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