Skip to comments.Why I commuted Maurice Clemmons's sentence
Posted on 12/08/2009 3:42:46 AM PST by FTJM
The nation was stunned by the senseless and savage cold-blooded murders of four young police officers in Lakewood, Wash., over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Whenever a police officer or soldier is killed, the loss is even more profound, for they are the ones who stand between our way of life and total anarchy.
Nine years ago, the name Maurice Clemmons crossed my desk. I commuted his sentence from 108 years to 47 years. I take full responsibility for my actions of nine years ago. I acted on the facts presented to me in 2000. If I could have possibly known what Clemmons would do nine years later, I obviously would have made a different decision. If I only had the same information I had then, I would make the same decision.
Each state is different, but in Arkansas, a governor doesn't initiate a parole -- the Post Prison Transfer Board (PPTB) does so after it conducts a thorough review of an inmate's file and request. The board then makes a recommendation to the governor, who decides to grant or deny it.
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Huckabee is a pro-gun...pro life, socialist....
He wants the rich to fund the poor and the illegals to be given pardons....
he is neither conservative, nor anything like it....and not electable.
It’s quite telling that he ran to the Washington Post to run his excuse.
SEATTLE TIMES.com: "...STOLEN-CAR CHECK LED TO LAKEWOOD POLICE-SLAYING SUSPECT" (SNIPPET: "The officer again told Clemmons to stop, and he didn't comply, Pugel said. As the officer drew his gun, Clemmons "reached into his waist area and moved," the department said in a written statement. The officer then fired several shots at Clemmons, striking him at least twice, the statement said.") (Page last modified December 2, 2009, 2:00 am)
MICHELLE MALKIN.com - blog: "Seattle Police Department on trail of Maurice Clemmons; Update: Family Ramily reportedly aiding Clemmons; Update: Seattle PD officer fatally shoots Clemmons; Update: Suspected getaway driver is former Arkansas cellmate" (November 30, 2009)
OFFICER.com (AP): Seattle - "SEARCH CONTINUES FOR WASHINGTON AMBUSH SUSPECT" (SNIPPET: "Authorities put up a $125,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.") (Updated November 30, 2009, 05:43 pm) (UPDATE: SUSPECT IS DEAD. -December 1, 2009)
KOMO NEWS.com: Seattle - "SARCH FOR CLEMMONS LEAD POLICE TO SEATTLE HOME" (SNIPPET: "Investigators on the scene said negotiators are trying to get the man inside to surrender.") (Updated November 29, 2009, 10:55 pm PST) (UPDATE: Clemmons not in the home.)
KHQ.com: Pierce County, Washington - "POLICE NAME PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE SLAYINGS OF 4 POLICE OFFICERS" SNIPPET: "The person of interest is identified as Maurice Clemmons, a 37-year-old man from the Parkland area of Pierce County. Clemmons is 5'8" tall, 235 lbs., with black hair, brown eyes, and a mole on his left cheek. Authorities say Clemmons has extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas, including aggravated robbery and theft. He has also recently been arrested and charged in Pierce County for Assault 3rd on a Police Officer and for Rape of a Child.") (Note: Photo included below article.) (Posted November 29, 2009, 5:57 pm)
SEATTLEPI.com - SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER: "4 OFFICERS KILLED IN PIERCE COUNTY" (SNIPPET: "Authorities are looking a person of interest..." SNIPPET: "Police said the suspect may have been injured, perhaps shot before fleeing the scene...") (Updated November 29, 2009, 3:51 pm)
KING5.com: Parkland, Wa - "FOUR LAKEWOOD POLICE OFFICERS SHOT AND KILLED IN 'AMBUSH" (SNIPPET: "Send donations to LPIG Benevolent Fund at PO Box 99579 Lakewood, WA 98499. "I will personally make sure it goes where it is intended. May God bless you four who are in a place so much better than this; you are some of the finest professionals I have ever known. God bless our community today," Wurtz said.") (Updated November 29, 2009, 3:22 pm)
NEWSER.com (AP): "4 POLICE OFFICERS SHOT DEAD IN AMBUSH AT WASH. STATE COFFEEHOUSE; NO SUSPECT IN CUSTODY" "SNIPPET: "Brad Carpenter, founder and owner of Forza Coffee, said his staff was OK and being interviewed by police, and that his main concern was with the families of the police officers. "I'm a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me," said Carpenter, of nearby Gig Harbor.") (November 29, 2009, approx 1:50 pm)
KING5.com: "FOUR LAKEWOOD POLICE OFFICERS SHOT AND KILLED IN 'AMBUSH'" (SNIPPET: "SNIPPET: "Troyer said the suspect is a black male, 5-foot-7 to 6 feet tall, 20s to 30s, scruffy appearance, wearing a black coat with a gray sweatshirt underneath, and blue jeans. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information. Tips can be called in to (253) 591-5959 or 866-977-2362.") (November 29, 2009, 9:41 am)
SEATTLE FBI.gov - Contact Information
DINAH LORD - blog: "WA: 4 POLICE OFFICERS SHOT DEAD IN AMBUSH" (November 29, 2009)
LAKEWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT
KIRO TV.com: "MAN SOUGHT IN OFFICERS' KILLINGS HAS LENGTHY CRIMINAL HISTORY" (Updated November 29, 2009, 8:52 pm)
ARKTIMES.com - ARKANSAS TIMES - Arkansas blog: "ARK. EX-CON OF INTEREST IN SLAYINGS" (SNIPPET: "My source says the man wanted for questioning is believed to be the same Maurice Clemmons as an Arkansas ex-con with an extensive record of armed robbery who became a subject of some controversy for political reasons. That Maurice Clemmons was among those who became controversial for having received a commuted sentence from then-Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2000 (of a 35-year armed robbery sentence), then went on to commit other crimes.") -Posted by Max Brantley (November 29, 2009, 19:44)
Then he's not only (demonstrably) a moron; he's a moron with a learning disability.
I don’t care, Mike.
It’s between you and The Lord now.
Good ol huckster....sleaze ya can always count on.
If I could have possibly known what Clemmons would do nine years later, I obviously would have made a different decision. If I only had the same information I had then, I would make the same decision.
It’s obvious the huckster didn’t have the same information the jury and the judge had at the trial.
Too late, Mike. I’m tired of listening to you.
Huckabee is history. He needs to get out of the way and not consume any more band width.
I'd be perfectly willing to change the word "bandwidth" in that sentence to "oxygen," myself.
Under NO circumstances, should he be given the powers of presidential pardons.
Huck, you’re still toast. Now is not the time to be worrying about yourself but for the families of those police officers who lost their loved ones due to your incompetence.
You can sense the “draft Huckabee” movement gaining steam at WaPo and the rest of MSM.
After giving us Juan McCain, they now want to saddle us with the Huckster.
I’m not buying.
he's a moron with a learning disabilityThe best description of Mike Huckabee that I've read to date. Thanks, Kent.
...and the love-fest for Huckabee from the “No RINOS” crowd begins again. (sigh)
Last year it was McCain. Two weeks ago it was Romney. Last week it was Huckabee. Maybe next week it’ll be someone else.
That “Big Tent” is getting smaller every day.
So many people had a chance to correct Huckabee’s mistake and still they let Clemmons slip through their fingers. They need to explain themselves rather than hide while Huck takes all the fire.
Quit while you’re behind.
A former Huckabee backer
Your 2 cents sir.
I don’t like Huckster either, but, this charge is unfair. He commuted teh sentence, he didn’t make the decision to release him. Upon release, they were numerous incidents and parole violations that various cogs in the machinery failed to act upon.
There is NO excuse or reason for this.
Huckabee and a lot of others have used the power of the pardon inexcusably.
Many sold pardons. Did you Huckster?
And if you said no I would not believe ya there pal.
Just say NO to RINO turds.
This is a classic,Obamaesque twisting of the facts and saying something, that while technically true, completely misrepresents the situation. It is very much like the Obama claim that illegals would not be covered that provoked Joe Wilson's, “You, lie!”
In reality, Huckabee’s clemency allowed that psychopath, Clemmons, to be released immediately, after only 11 years. He would have been eligible for parole in 2015, after 25 years. The 108 and 47 years were just numbers that in no way reflected the actual amount of time Clemmons would have spent in prison and Huckabee knows this!
So, in reality, Huckabee reduced his true sentence from 25 years to 11, a foolish, liberal decision that caused the death of 4 police officers.
I used to like Huckabee,
but his slimy distortion of the truth in the Clemmons matter has put him in the same class as Romney, in my book. If Huckabee some gets the GOP nomination I will contribute to and work for a third party candidate. He has shown himself to be completely devoid of integrity.
I suppose he will be the RINO in waiting that the Republicans will be looking for as a candidate.
Somewhere on another Huck thread there is proof that Huck is not as innocent as he makes it seem.
I believe there was evidence that he was actively enabling this guy to be released when he was.
The non-sequitor between the second and third paragraph shown here is jarring.
He starts talking about the decision to grant clemency, but immediately switches to parole (because he didn’t control that decision).
My major beef with Huck’s record on clemency is that he was highly active in granting it, but does not wish to acknowledge that the rate of clemency actions greatly increases the probability of serious recidivism or even escalation.
Huckabee did not cause those four officers’ deaths. But Huck’s record and rate of clemency postulates that more good people will die at the hands of people he decided to favor. Huck’s ambitions for higher office had damned well better be dead after this, especially given his “I take responsibility, but it was someone else’s decision” stance as defined in his op-ed here.
Old Huckabee is playing the blame game. Not the kind of guy you’d fight out of a foxhole with. He’s as spineles bleeding heart liberal. Has he explained all the pardons he doled out to convicted felons while he was governor? From what’s been said he handed out more pardons than any other Ark. gov. including Bill “the stain” Clinton.
******I suppose he will be the RINO in waiting that the Republicans will be looking for as a candidate*****
He is now the chosen GOP candidate the MSM will promote for the party nomination. ala McCain.
I starting to think Arkansas Politcans atr all spineless.
Huckabee opened the flood gates by reducing this mans sentence to 47 years. Don’t you find it at all interesting that, gee by golly, that was the exact timing to make Clemmons immediatly eligible for parole and by golly he was parolled. Such magic. The failure was started by him, he opened the floodgate and made it possible for this monster to be out and committing more crimes. That does not excuse the failures by others.
Huck is the only one talking because he wants a political career.
Between Huck constantly defending letting a murderer go free and Mitt constantly defending a healthcare plan that bankrupted the state.... looks like it’s going to be
The Huckster can't man up. He's a slimy lying weasel from start to finish. Remember the campaign ad with the big moving cross, that he swore he never noticed? He's a frigging liar, period. Which would be bad enough in a Tricky Dick pol, but in a "man of God" it's absolutely disgusting. He makes Elmer Gantry look honest and sincere by comparison.
Since many primaries are “OPEN” and MAO-bama will have no opposition, I expect many liberals to crossover and vote for RINOs like huckster to defeat conservatives like Sarah.
You and I may not buy the MSM foisting the Huckster upon us. BUT, if Obama selects him as his opponent, the GOP can’t stop Obama’s minions from flooding the primaries in 2012 with votes for the Huckster. The GOP can prevent this by closing their primaries and ending “same-day” registration, but they won’t make that effort.
My prediction - Obama runs against either Huckabee or Romney, whichever one will keep the most conservatives at home on election day.
Please go away. We don't need anymore @ssholes from the Arkansas governor's mansion in the White House -- or even consuming bandwidth on Al Gore's Internet.
Maybe. I'm also wondering if he's just desperately running around trying to save his credibility and maintain his relevance as a high-profile name in the media.
Huckabee is all about promoting himself. Maybe he knows his POTUS ambitions aren't realistic, but the day a Republican takes the oath of office, Mike will have visions of a White House appt. going thru his empty head.
Meanwhile, he's pimping his hypocritical books and yukking it up with Liberals on his TV show. He's fighting for survival and no way in hell is he EVER going to take an ounce of blame for this.
Mike, maybe the Lord will forgive you, but hopefully the voters won’t.
The Judge who presided over the trial recommended commuting the sentence.
“******I suppose he will be the RINO in waiting that the Republicans will be looking for as a candidate*****
He is now the chosen GOP candidate the MSM will promote for the party nomination. ala McCain.”
No, Huckabee was a conservative potential that the left blew up with the help of ignorant so called conservatives who don’t bother to discern what they read nor research.
Why not 50? or 10? or 18?
Because 47 made him eligible for parole.
Man-up Huck. You knew what you were doing and why.<<<
Great point! It seems like a rather odd “coincidence” that Huckabee commuted his sentence to an odd length, exactly short enough to make Clemmons immediately eligible for parole, and he was released a month later.
Clearly, Huckabee intended that Clemmons be released immediately.
If he had simply sincerely apologized and admitted he was convinced Clemmons was reformed and that 25 years was too long a sentence, I'd forgive him. I would not trust his judgment enough to vote for him, but I wouldn't have such a negative view of him. All the deception and playing games with words and numbers he has employed, in trying to escape responsibility for his tragic mistake, is making me really dislike Huckabee. I can only imagne how hurtful it must be to the families of the murdered officers. I believe a sincere and unconditional apology would have given them some degree of comfort. Huckabee's twisting of the truth must be making them feel worse.
Give it up, Huckster. You are melba toast.
Spread the blame around, jaaa.
California has No Fault gubamint too.
These could have as easily been 4 police officers murdered in Oakland. Oh wait..
Memorial Service is ongoing in Tacoma, WA for the four fallen officers.
“Its quite telling that he ran to the Washington Post to run his excuse.”
The MSM hopes to keep Huck alive so as to split the Evangelical vote, they’re hoping he can sink Sarah before she gets a chance to go against 0bama. The MSM will beat up on him for awhile, but find a way to sweep it under the rug or make excuses for him. Of course should Huck actually win the GOP nomination in 2012 and go up against 0bama all this crap will be “re-visited.”
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