Huckabee: Never mind

Smells like toast.                                                                 (ap)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday he is leaning against running for president. Coincidence? It turns out that as governor, Huckabee in 2000 commuted the prison sentence of a 17 year-old convicted robber who now stands accused of killing four police officers in Washington state.

Notes Bloomberg:

Huckabee, as governor of Arkansas in 2000, commuted a 95- year prison sentence for Maurice Clemmons. Huckabee cited Clemmons’ youth – he was 17 when he was convicted in 1989 of aggravated robbery – in commuting the sentence, the Associated Press reported. Clemmons was then paroled.

Clemmons, now 37, is at large following what police describe as an “ambush” Sunday morning at a Tacoma-area coffee shop that left four police officers dead. The night before the shooting, Clemmons reportedly threatened to kill some cops.

In a statement on his website, Huckabee, who lately has a show on Fox News and a new book out, deplored the massacre but made no mention of the commutation.

“It appears that he has continued to have a string of criminal and psychotic behavior but was not kept incarcerated by either state. This is a horrible and tragic event and if found and convicted the offender should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law”

SWAT teams are hunting for Clemmons near his home in Seattle. In DC, the name Willie Horton is being invoked to explain the abrupt demise of Huckabee's second-round presidential aspirations.

 

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