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December 17, 2009

"Haley Barbour's Bizarre Pardon Record"

The title of this post is the headline of this potent new piece by Radley Balko at Slate.  Here is how the piece begins:

Mike Huckabee took a beating from his conservative brethren last month after Maurice Clemmons, a man whose sentence the former Arkansas governor commuted in 2000, shot and killed four police officers in Lakewood, Wash.  The scuttlebutt on the right suggested that Clemmons' release may doom Huckabee's chances of winning the Republican nomination for president in 2012.  I happen to think Huckabee's getting a raw deal on the Clemmons case; instead, we should be talking about the truly bizarre pardon record of one of Huckabee's possible competitors for the nomination, Haley Barbour.  The governor of Mississippi has simultaneously ignored increasing evidence that there may be a disturbingly high number of innocent people in prison in Mississippi and handed out pardons to the convicted murderers who just happen to do work on his house.

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Radley Balko is a good journalist, and doing excellent work, most of it in Mississippi. The scary part is that it seems unlikely that Mississippi is much different than many other parts of the country. The difference, I think, is that many other parts of the country don't have a Radley Balko to turn over the rocks and ask the obvious questions.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 17, 2009 6:55:28 PM

Most states pardon system are flawed!! See North Carolina

Posted by: Anon | Dec 17, 2009 8:33:21 PM

Radley Balko is a good journalist, and doing excellent work, most of it in Mississippi.

Posted by: HID Kit | Dec 22, 2009 11:22:40 PM

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