killer of 4 non-black cops starts sentence in Hell today; no parole possible; was cop killer a racist?

Notice ABC’s spin of police victimizing enablers of the Cop Killer, Maurice Clemmons… then attacks Mike Huckabee for granting prison authorities’ advised clemency for a teenager facing 99 years in prison.

Ahhhh…. the Lame Stream Media leaves no Political Stone Unturned in their fanatical need to turn everything into a Leftist Opportunity.

But what was the motive of Maurice Clemmons? Was he a victim of Socialist Victimology Rage against the White Race?

What ever… he has started a sentence of eternal damnation in the depths of HELL! And that is where that sociopath belongs.


This is breaking news, thus related reading posts are few at this hour:

Cop Killer Maurice Clemmons Shot Dead- 3 Accomplices Arrested (Video)

Frugal Cafe: Pres. Obama Appears to Still Be Everywhere… but He’s Ducking the WH Press Corps and It’s Over: Cop Killer Clemmons Fatally Shot by WA Police, Huckabee Still Blamed for His Role (video)

In the meantime, here is some additional reading…


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99 Responses to killer of 4 non-black cops starts sentence in Hell today; no parole possible; was cop killer a racist?

  1. VotingFemale says:

    I am awaiting Jesse Jackson, the racist, to show up in all this and start his bull crap.

  2. samiam60 says:

    You can take this to the bank:

    Had it been a White shooting 4 Black Officers it would have been a Hate Crime of Race, Period and end of story.

    You know it and I know it. Our Country has everything upside down and it is more than time to stand up to all of this Non Sense!

  3. samiam60 says:

    If it turns out the Officers who shot this Killer are White Cops you can Bet Jessie and Al will use that to enrage the Black Community.

  4. VotingFemale says:

    I added to the title the question of whether this cop killer was a racist… when a black man targets 4 non-white cop, a racist profile pops up… just sayin’

    In my observation, the majority of racists in this country are non-whites.

    use Alinsky’s rules against the followers of Alinsky.

  5. tellitlikeitis says:

    Good Morning Everyone! Mike Huckabee’s hands are stained with the blood of those 4 cops. If he hadn’t commuted the sentence of this scumbag those cops would be alive today. His political career is over. If he tries to run for preseident again he won’t even poll single digits.

  6. Foxwood says:

    Unlike the non-believer Commie libs, I understand the concept of an eye for an eye.

    They can kill a baby, but they won’t kill a murderer.

  7. tellitlikeitis says:

    I didn’t think this guy was going to be taken alive. The cops looking for him had the mindset of shoot first and ask questions later. This guy is going to take a permanent dirt nap now. May his soul burn in Hell for all eternity.

  8. tellitlikeitis says:

    VF, I am not convinced there was a race factor involved. This guy was just out to kill cops. It was just coincidental that the 4 cops there were white. If one had been an African American I don’t think it would have made a difference and they would be dead too.

  9. samiam60 says:

    Foxwood Says:

    Unlike the non-believer Commie libs, I understand the concept of an eye for an eye.

    They can kill a baby, but they won’t kill a murderer.


    On this one be assured those who support the Death of Innocent Babies for reasons of Birth Control shall truly stand in Judgement for Murder. God is a Just God and there is no appeals court when they meet Him.

  10. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Tellit!

    I agree with your analysis… the political fallout will prevent Huckabee from being a viable candidate in 2012. And let this be a lesson to conservative politicians… do not let the socialists screw with your head and lead you into violating your Conservative Principles and Common Sense.

    The guy Clemmens was a scumbag of the worst kind and Huckabee’s following leftist bleeding heart advise of giving that asshat clemency was the wrong decision. The public was the victim not that asshat who rightfully got a 99 year sentence as a 19 year old.

    This is similar to the US Army giving Hasan a pat on the head which lead to the slaughter of 13 innocent victims.

    Racists are Racists… and no less so if they are Arabic or Black or any other race.

    Violent Acts of Racist Hatred Against Whites will not be permitted… and any who permits it are enablers.

  11. tellitlikeitis says:

    The only judgement day that count’s is the day you stand before God the father and ask him to forgive your sins and hope he will be merciful and allow you to enter into the gates of heaven.

  12. samiam60 says:

    Good Point Tellit, However the Repentance had better happen Before we stand before Him or it is too late. Sorry to say but that is what God’s Word Says: John 3:16

  13. VotingFemale says:

    That Cop Killer is burning in the depths of hell… and he earned it.

  14. m2 says:


    VF, I think you need to switch ABC to CBS in the text… I understand, as all the networks are the same anyway, hey?

  15. VotingFemale says:

    according to reports, what transpired was apparent suicide by cop.

    tellitlikeitis says

    I didn’t think this guy was going to be taken alive. The cops looking for him had the mindset of shoot first and ask questions later. This guy is going to take a permanent dirt nap now. May his soul burn in Hell for all eternity.

  16. m2 says:

    So the guy wants to “kill some cops”…

    Who in our American culture advocates violence against authority other than Leftists.

  17. VotingFemale says:

    I question: Was the execution of 4 white cops, racist… throwing it out there. Black Man kills Four White Cops execution style.

    Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck…

    tellitlikeitis says

    VF, I am not convinced there was a race factor involved. This guy was just out to kill cops. It was just coincidental that the 4 cops there were white. If one had been an African American I don’t think it would have made a difference and they would be dead too.

  18. m2 says:

    This just further solidifies the Jihadist/Leftist union… of killing innocents under cowardice.

  19. VotingFemale says:

    Tellit, you know the leftists are already spinning this as white on black racism… that is what they do…

    I simply throw out a preemptive zinger… was the execution of Four White Cops By this particular Black Man, the act of a Racist?

  20. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning M2!

    let me catch up with your comments…

  21. m2 says:

    I’m looking for an article that Arlene tweeted from AT last week. I think that it correlates to this cowardly murder of 4 humans and loss of parents to 9 children.

  22. m2 says:

    We’re playing those mind games together
    Pushing the barriers,
    Planting seeds
    Playing the mind guerrilla
    Chanting the mantra, peace on earth
    -John Lennon

    It’s a chilling moment when the light goes out in someone’s eyes. A once-radiant child hardens from abuse. A woman’s heart shrinks after her husband’s abandonment.

    The person looks the same, maybe acts the same. But something is gone, and what’s lost is irretrievable. It’s like when a person dies: in a heartbeat, the soul vanishes.

    I witnessed this alteration recently when I visited my goddaughter, a radiant girl. Her mom, a hardcore progressive, has started exposing her to the darkest elements of the left. And the last time I looked in the girl’s eyes, the light had gone out. Disappeared. Just like that.

    I see this phenomenon every day: a light dimming. The friendly shopkeeper snaps at me. My cheerful neighbor seems flattened.

    And you hear it in the news: people acting strangely, going off the deep end. The most bizarre behavior becoming the new normal.

    A thug bites off a finger. Sarah Palin’s church is torched. Bullies intimidate voters.

    Last week, an esteemed Columbia University black architecture professor punched a white female coworker in the eye for not doing more about white privilege.

    He has no history of violence. So why now?

    Why now? This may be the most important question of our time. Why are some people reaching the boiling point? Why do many others look vacant, like an Invasion of the Body Snatchers? The shootings at military bases, from Little Rock to Fort Hood — why now?

    It’s Obama, of course.

    Liberals will excoriate me for writing this. They’ll insist that bad behavior is not Obama’s fault. He’s a man of peace.

    But study the phenomenon of cults, and the dynamics are always the same. The leader can incite violence without ever getting his hands dirty. Obama is controlling the marionette of the masses.

    If Obamamania is a cult, then Obama is the cult leader. Cult leaders routinely pull the strings of their followers. The most extreme example is Charles Manson. He rots in prison for murders he never committed. He didn’t have to do the dirty work. His brainwashed charges did his bidding.

    I’m not saying Obama is a Charles Manson. There are varying degrees of manipulation, from using sexy blondes to entice men to buy cars all the way to hypnotizing them to drink poisoned Kool Aid. But there’s a common denominator in all mind control: manipulating people through mind games.

    As soon as Obama came on the scene, the programming began. His face was plastered everywhere like Mao. In his speeches, Obama lulled audiences with a melodious voice and feel-good phrases repeated over and over. And he began inciting people with his charming smile.

    First, the vultures starting swooping down on Hillary. Obama chose not to call off the dogs.

    Then thugs invaded caucuses. Again, silence.

    Which led to vicious misogyny against Sarah Palin and threats on her life. From Obama: not a peep.

    We even saw armed thugs at polling places. Ignored and not prosecuted by Obama’s Attorney General.

    The moment Obama became president, he upped the signals. At the swearing in, the entire family eerily chose to wear black and red, colors associated with communism and black nationalism. Obama’s first radio address was broadcast in the Arab world.

    Obama returned Britain’s gift of a Winston Churchill statue while embracing dictators. He gave a white police officer a dressing down for doing his job, in effect calling him a racist.

    Obama’s greatest magic trick? Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam, and that Obama himself is in constant peril.

    Opposing health care means you oppose Obama. Oppose Obama and you’re part of a vast right-wing racist conspiracy.

    Thus, more and more people are finding themselves on the receiving end of a fist, figurative or literal. After the White House released a directive for his followers to strike back hard, a frail, diabetic black man at a Town Hall was beaten up.

    Even women can get slugged in the face. Obama signaled during the primary that women were fair game.

    Obama and the Left are making sure that there ia an increasing number of persuadable people. By displacing workers, panicking business owners with Draconian laws, and whipping up rage and paranoia, they amass more lackeys.

    The American Hard Left knows how to create a cult because it is a cult, one with a violent history. The Black Panthers, Symbionese Liberation Army, Weathermen, Black Muslims — all nefarious cults.

    Members of the Weathermen, for instance, had their spirits broken through forced wickedness, such as animal abuse. Patty Hearst morphed into bank robber Tania after weeks of isolation, rape, and beatings by the SLA. Huey P. Newton sent his Black Panthers to the hospital or to the grave if they didn’t practice total obedience.

    So what’s the end game here?

    The first goal is power. The Left has an insatiable need to control every aspect of our lives.

    But there’s a deeper reason, one much more insidious.

    The Left wants to tear Americans down. Just as the Weatherman did to those naïve lost kids, they want to break our spirits. This goal of degradation is more crucial than their one-world government.

    The progressives want to turn us into them, to make us feel as deprived and depraved and deadened. It’s the only way that they can silence the roar of shame and self-loathing.

    What they don’t understand is this: it’s not going to happen. There are too many of us who won’t be hypnotized.

    We can see right through them. We know who they are: the most piteous of human beings, and the most dangerous. Men without a country, orphans far from home. The forsaken and disowned.

    They’re “hungry ghosts,” to use a Tibetan phrase: tormented beings who are starving to death from their inner nothingness.

    Mother Teresa was once asked how she coped with serving the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. She responded that what she saw in the cities of the United States was much more disturbing, because it was a “poverty of the spirit.”

    Poverty of the spirit. No truer words can be spoken of the progressive Left.

  23. VotingFemale says:

    M2, did you check out Lisa’s new blogpost?

    Code Pink, a purely communist organization, calling for killing of US Military personnel.

    First graphic of a huge code pink banner: “We Support the Murder of The American Troops”

  24. tellitlikeitis says:

    Yes , somehow they will spin it as being the white man’s fault.

  25. m2 says:

    It’s no secret Obama coaxes Racism to advance his agenda, and gives into fantasies of Cop Injustice to make his followers feel more victimized and cling to him to solve their problems.

  26. VotingFemale says:

    Tellit… their aim is Political…

    White Socialists are protected Whites…
    Black Socialists are protected Blacks…

    Conservatives are targeted as Whites and as Blacks who are Traitors…

    This is purely using Racism (and Sexism) as Communist Weapons against the enemies of Communists who are determined to take this country over.

    tellitlikeitis says

    Yes , somehow they will spin it as being the white man’s fault.

  27. m2 says:

    Code Pink:

    Spoiled. Delusional. Ungrateful. Idiots.

  28. VotingFemale says:

    of course Obama coaxes Racism… he is a communist and a radical… though his hands are bound to a degree because he is president… thus he has no choice but to send troops to Afghanistan or be total dog food in the polls…

    m2 says

    It’s no secret Obama coaxes Racism to advance his agenda, and gives into fantasies of Cop Injustice to make his followers feel more victimized and cling to him to solve their problems.

  29. LisaInTX says:

    Huckabee was on O-Reilly last night and he commuted the sentence to 47 years, but it was not him that released the man.
    He is heartsick over this and I don’t blame him for being compassionate to a 16 year that was given an outrageous sentence at that time.
    I blame the man that freely CHOOSE to murder the police officers.

  30. LisaInTX says:

    Oops—Good Morning everyone!! :-}

    VF—Thanks for the good words on my latest rant post! lol…..

  31. VotingFemale says:

    look at this photo…

    this group was in fact founded by four experienced activists and hardcore communists – Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin, Diane Wilson, and a radical Wiccan activist calling herself Starhawk. Code Pink works closely with United For Peace and Justice, whose leader Leslie Cagan is a longtime devotee of Fidel Castro and the Socialist Party USA.”

    this is wayyyyy wayyyyy beyond Delusional. Ungrateful. Idiots

    They are one of the public radical arms of the Communist and Socialist Parties working for Obama and the DNC to destroy Conservatism and this country.

    m2 says

    Code Pink:

    Spoiled. Delusional. Ungrateful. Idiots.

  32. m2 says:

    Top White House aides gave Senate Democrats a recess battle plan on Thursday, arming the lawmakers with tips for avoiding disastrous town hall meetings while showing them polling on popular aspects of the reform effort.

    They showed video clips of the confrontational town halls that have dominated the media coverage, and told senators to do more prep work than usual for their public meetings by making sure their own supporters turn out, senators and aides said.

    And they screened TV ads and reviewed the various campaigns by critics of the Democratic plan.

    “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,” Messina said, according to an official who attended the meeting.

    —So mature.
    Obama is the great Destroyer.

  33. m2 says:

    Exactly. There’s no ACCOUNTABILITY in our culture. These immature assholes have taken over media, academia, and the public sector, and they are BUFFOONS.

    The only man to blame is the man that committed the murders.

    Lisa says:
    I blame the man that freely CHOOSE to murder the police officers.

  34. m2 says:

    I only bring Obama up with regards to the murderer, because this DANGEROUS nurturing of violence for political gain is what is pushing these ASSHATS over the edge.

  35. m2 says:

    VF, and Lisa-

    I am wondering if that photo has been doctored…
    perhaps it is a hoax photo….

    you see…

  36. m2 says:

    I did go to Lisa’s page and watched the video…
    I think all people who support the Communist view are delusional idiots. The only people who aren’t idiots, are the leaders of Commie movements who laugh and laugh at how they brainwashed their idiotic underlings to amass gobs and gobs of POWER for THEM.

  37. LisaInTX says:

    I don’t think the photo is doctored…..this is the exact same tactic the radical anti-war protesters used during Vietnam……and why our returning troops were treated like scum.
    Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden are two that come to mind that compares to these anti-americans.

  38. m2 says:

    where’d everybody go? sniff sniff…

  39. LisaInTX says:

    The difference this time is that American’s are NOT falling for it again. Most understand that our soldiers are serving our country and protecting our freedom, thus, CODE PINK and other radical groups like ACTUP have not been effective in their agenda.

  40. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Lisa!

    You are welcome dear! Your blogpost is awsome!

  41. m2 says:

    Yeah, I’m not saying “definitely” – I TOTTAAALLLY believe they’d write/think that. Being who they are…

    But something about the letters looks a little computer situated… and the text at the top says “photo-illustration” unless that just means photo.

    I def. think it could be real based on WHO they are…

  42. m2 says:

    It is a very good blogpost, Lisa… I teared up watching those jerks accost that veteran man.

  43. VotingFemale says:

    lol M2, it takes time to read comments, girlfriend!

    I was reading that long comment you had the quote in… wow!

    get back to writing blogposts!!! OMG!!!

  44. LisaInTX says:

    Make Love, not war! Yeah—right……that feeds right into the free love of the agenda of Karl Marx to destroy FAMILY Values…..
    I see that now, but I sure didn’t when I was growing up in the 60’s.

  45. m2 says:

    Oh I didn’t write that, that’s why it’s in blockquotes… it’s from American Thinker, and actually Arlene tweeted it last week.

    Here it is-

    But yeah, wow- could anyone have hit the nail on the head better??????/

  46. VotingFemale says:


    yeah… it looks a bit photo shopped

    but… it is clearly their message in any event.

  47. tellitlikeitis says:

    Lisa, From my understanding he committed armed robery when he was 16 years old. He may have received an outrageous sentence however he would have still been elgible for parole at some point later on possibly when he was too old and feeble to commit any other crimes. If you are a juvinile and commit an adult crime you should receive an adult sentence. One reason we have so many repeat offenders is because they only seem to serve part of their original sentences and get released too early. If we would start treating prisoners like prisoners instead of hotel guests and made prisons the hell they are suppose to be then maybe people will think twice before commiting a crimes. Saudia Arabia is a terrorist country but their punishment for crimes committed is effective and definately a deterrant.

  48. m2 says:

    It’s hard to tell, because the digitization of the jpeg…. I don’t necessarily hang my hat on the “photo-illustration” text, because I have heard of photos being referred to as that….

    it’s hard to see the folds of the banner, and the letters…

    But they are very violent and hateful organization, as are all anarchists and Leftists- until they reach their state of Totalitarianism, in which case- the people are cowed and the government is feared.

  49. LisaInTX says:

    This is like Nobama yelling at his supporters to “Get in their Faces”!!! ….and the sheep went—Baaaaa—Baaaaa—Baaaaa all the way home! lol

    M2 writes
    “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,” Messina said, according to an official who attended the meeting.

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  51. VotingFemale says:

    parachute the whole lot into Iran and let them love their way out of the country.

    LisaInTX says

    Make Love, not war! Yeah—right……that feeds right into the free love of the agenda of Karl Marx to destroy FAMILY Values…..
    I see that now, but I sure didn’t when I was growing up in the 60’s.

  52. Kynikos says:

    Morning all, just a quick fly by, at work.

    Somehow ya just knew that this guy would not be taken alive!! I think its time to dust off the Glock 23 and shine up the ole holster, the nuts are falling out of the trees these days!!

    Back to work, great post VF as always! Kinky…

  53. m2 says:

    Totally… the politicization of everything is the fire these “Democrats” have been playing with to obtain power and money for way too long. It’s definitely come to a state now, where Obama will be the Destroyer and Divider of our country.

  54. tellitlikeitis says:

    To Mike Huckabee. “Hindsight is always 20 20.”

  55. VotingFemale says:

    I did some research… it is a photoshop…

    but… they deserve it. That is their message… that they got photoshopped is justice… they do it also.

    m2 says

    It’s hard to tell, because the digitization of the jpeg…. I don’t necessarily hang my hat on the “photo-illustration” text, because I have heard of photos being referred to as that….

    it’s hard to see the folds of the banner, and the letters…

    But they are very violent and hateful organization, as are all anarchists and Leftists- until they reach their state of Totalitarianism, in which case- the people are cowed and the government is feared.

  56. LisaInTX says:

    We share the same outrage over this horrible crime.
    However, I am stating that I understand WHY Huckabee did what he did at that time. Yes, the man had committed armed robbery, but he was sentenced to like 106 years in prison at the age of 16 years old. Do you think that is a fair sentence for one so young and for that crime?
    And also, as Huckabee explains, he relied on other input before commuting this sentence to 47 years.
    He is not the one that released the man and he did not tell him to go out and murder anyone. He in fact was offering the man a chance to DO GOOD, but the man choose to not change his life.

    Tellit says,
    Lisa, From my understanding he committed armed robery when he was 16 years old. He may have received an outrageous sentence however he would have still been elgible for parole at some point later on possibly when he was too old and feeble to commit any other crimes. If you are a juvinile and commit an adult crime you should receive an adult sentence.

  57. LisaInTX says:

    Vf and M2,
    So that photo was altered? How the heck can you tell that…looked legit to me….guess I need to change it out?

  58. m2 says:

    I’m able to be on the computer in the basement now because the toddler is at preschool…

  59. VotingFemale says:

    Lisa, I advise leaving in the pic but adding a disclaimer in fine print below the photo stating that it is photoshopped.

    That way your credibility is covered and the message stands…

    the pic is confirmed as a photo shop job

  60. m2 says:

    I’m not sure… the only way I guessed, is because the letters seemed to be placed up and down independent of each other…

    But I don’t know if I’m right.

    I guess VF found something that’s more on target with the “doctoring” notion…

  61. LisaInTX says:

    Okay—Thanks VF for discovering that—-I’m heading over to edit it now…bb in a min

  62. m2 says:

    Appearing on The Alex Jones Show yesterday, Lord Christopher Monckton went further than ever before in his vehement opposition to the elitists running the climate change scam, calling for the UN to be shut down and for fraudulent peddlers of global warming propaganda like Al Gore to be arrested and criminally prosecuted.

    Monckton said that those who are threatening to shut down economies, bankrupt nations, and deepen the problems of the third world by implementing draconian policies in the name of global warming should be indicted, prosecuted and imprisoned “for a very long time”.

    “The fraudsters and racketeers from Al Gore to the people at the University of East Anglia who have been making their fortune at the expense of taxpayers and the little guy,” should be criminally charged, said Monckton, in response to the climategate scandal.

    “We the people have got to rise up worldwide, found a party in every country which stands for freedom and make sure we fight this bureaucratic communistic world government monster to a standstill – they shall not pass,” he added.

    Monckton said that the United Nations should be “closed down,” adding that he talked to a senior UN ambassador in Canada who told him that he no longer saw any purpose in the UN and it exists “only to enrich itself at the expense of the nations it claims to serve, it’s time it was brought to an end.”

    “We would all save billions if we shut down the UN and just about all of its hideous bureaucracy,” said Monckton.

    Lord Monckton emphasized how the emails released as a result of climategate prove that global warming alarmism was still prevalent in public but behind closed doors, warmist scientist are admitting that the “deniers” as they label people like Monckton are correct.

    “Publicly they’re saying the science is settled, we’re all doomed unless you close down the economies of the west, whereas privately they’re saying to each other ‘we’ve got it wrong, none of this adds up and it’s a travesty that we can’t explain it’.”

    Monckton also slammed Obama’s science czar John P. Holdren, who in his 1977 book Ecoscience called for draconian population measures to be enforced by a “planetary regime” in the name of saving the earth, as an “openly admitted communist”.

    Monckton pointed out how Holdren had been once of the most prominent alarmists in the 70’s warning about the onset of rapid “global cooling”.

    “Now with seamless mendacity he says that what we’re now facing is global warming,” said Monckton.

    “How can anyone like Holdren stand up with a straight face and expect anyone to believe it,” he added.

    Monckton said that the agenda behind the global warming movement was to set up a communistic world government which will be run by people who “do not care how many people they kill with their policies” and that their goal is to “do away with democracy forever by stealth using the excuse to save the planet.”

    Monckton said that the people running the scam had a “deliberate desire to control population by killing people in large numbers deliberately if necessary.”

  63. tellitlikeitis says:

    Lisa, Clemmons was only one example. Here is another one.

    This is why Huckabee will never be president.

    Web special: Dumond case revisited
    A reminder of Huckabee’s role in his freedom

    Editor’s note, Sept. 1, 2005: Wayne Dumond, convicted of rape in Arkansas and murder in Missouri, died of apparent natural causes in prison Tuesday.

    The occasion prompts us to republish Murray Waas’ prize-winning article for the Arkansas Times in 2002 about the extraordinary steps Gov. Mike Huckabee took to help win Dumond’s freedom. He has since blamed others for Dumond’s release to kill again, but his actions over many years demonstrated his support for Dumond and, ultimately, the instrumental role he played in the parole board’s decision to free him.

    Special handling

    How the Huckabee administration worked to free rapist Wayne Dumond.

    By Murray S. Waas

    “I signed the [parole] papers because the governor wanted Dumond paroled. I was thinking the governor was working for the best interests of the state.”
    —Ermer Pondexter, ex-member of the board of pardons and paroles

    New sources, including an advisor to Gov. Mike Huckabee, have told the Arkansas Times that Huckabee and a senior member of his staff exerted behind-the-scenes influence to bring about the parole of rapist Wayne Dumond, who Missouri authorities say raped and killed a woman there shortly after his parole.

    Huckabee has denied a role in Dumond’s release, which has become an issue in his race for re-election against Democrat Jimmie Lou Fisher. Fisher says Huckabee’s advocacy of Dumond’s freedom, plus other acts of executive clemency, exhibit poor judgment. In response, Huckabee has shifted responsibility for Dumond’s release to others, claiming former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker made Dumond eligible for parole and saying the Post Prison Transfer Board made the decision on its own to free Dumond.

    But the Times’ new reporting shows the extent to which Huckabee and a key aide were involved in the process to win Dumond’s release. It was a process marked by deviation from accepted parole practice and direct personal lobbying by the governor, in an apparently illegal and unrecorded closed-door meeting with the parole board (the informal name by which the Post Prison Transfer Board is known).

    After Huckabee told the board, in executive session, that he believed Dumond got a “raw deal,” according to a board member who was there, and supported his release, board chairman Leroy Brownlee personally paved the way for Dumond’s release, according to board records and former members. During that time — from December 1996 to January 1997 — Brownlee regularly consulted with Butch Reeves, the governor’s prison liaison, on the status of his efforts, two state officials have told the Times.

    The governor, his office and spokesman Rex Nelson were repeatedly contacted for a response to this article, but none was forthcoming. Brownlee also did not respond to phone calls, but the Post Prison Transfer Board responded in writing.

    The Times has also learned that:
    • Ermer Pondexter, a former member of the Post Prison Transfer Board, says she was persuaded by the parole board chairman Brownlee to vote for Dumond’s release and because she knew the governor supported it.

    • The board did not allow its recording secretary to attend a closed session with the governor regarding Dumond, nor was the session taped, a departure from custom.

    • Board chair Brownlee [2005 note: Brownless has since been reappointed to the Board by Huckabee] personally interviewed Dumond in prison and set in motion the reconsideration of the board’s August 1996 vote to refuse Dumond parole. Normally, inmates must wait a year after a decision for a new hearing. Thanks to Brownlee’s efforts, Dumond was granted a new parole hearing Jan. 16, 1997, just six weeks after his request for reconsideration. This time, the board voted to parole. Brownlee later was reappointed to the board by Huckabee.

    • Dumond was transferred to the Tucker unit in December 1996, after his request for rehearing. Had he stayed at Varner, he could not have been scheduled for a new hearing before Jan. 20, 1997, Huckabee’s deadline to act on his announcement that he was considering commuting Dumond’s sentence. His transfer — which the Department of Corrections has explained in conflicting ways — allowed him to get on the Tucker hearing schedule, which let the board parole Dumond before Huckabee’s deadline — and thus take the heat for his release.

    When the board paroled Dumond in January 1997, he had been in prison since 1985 for the rape of Ashley Stevens, a Forrest City high school student.
    The board made Dumond’s parole conditional upon his moving out of state, but initially authorities in Florida, Texas, and other states declined to allow him to move there. Dumond was finally released in October 1999, when he moved to DeWitt to live with his stepmother.
    In August 2000, Dumond moved to Smithville, Mo., a rural community outside Kansas City. He had married a woman from the community who was active in a church group that had visited Dumond in prison and believed him to be innocent.

    Only six weeks after Dumond moved to Missouri, Carol Sue Shields, of Parkville, Mo., was found murdered in a friend’s home. She had been sexually assaulted and suffocated.
    In late June 2001, Missouri authorities charged Dumond with the first-degree murder of Shields. The Clay County, Mo., prosecutor’s office asserted that skin found under Shield’s fingernails, the result of an apparent struggle with her murderer, contained DNA that matched Dumond’s.

    Missouri authorities also say that Dumond is the leading suspect in the rape and murder of a second woman, Sara Andrasek, of Platte County, Mo., though he has not yet been charged with that crime.

    Andrasek was 23. Like Shields, Andrasek had her brassiere cut from her body; Dumond cut Stevens’ bra off before he raped her.

    “It’s as if he wanted to leave us his calling card,” a Missouri law enforcement officer said.

    Four former parole board members have spoken at length to a Times reporter about the Dumond parole. Three of those board members — Ermer Pondexter, Dr. Charles Chastain and Deborah Springer Suttlar — spoke for the record. The fourth only agreed to share his recollections if he were allowed to speak anonymously.

    A senior state employee who served as an advisor to Huckabee on the Dumond case also spoke on the condition that he be granted anonymity. He provided a detailed account that has been largely corroborated by former and current members of the Post Prison Transfer Board, other Arkansas state officials, court records, Arkansas State Police files, and previously confidential records of the parole board.

    Speaking publicly for the first time, Pondexter told the Times that she voted for Dumond’s release from prison because board chairman Brownlee, asked her to vote that way.

    “The reason that I voted as I did was because Mr. Brownlee specifically asked me to vote for the parole,” Pondexter said. “I thought that Mr. Brownlee was acting on behalf of the governor, and I was trying to support the chairman of the board, and I was trying to support the governor …
    “I signed the [parole] papers because the governor wanted Dumond paroled. I was thinking the governor was working for the best interests of the state. So I signed it.”

    Pondexter said that she was unsure as to whether Brownlee had specifically mentioned Huckabee’s position while soliciting her vote for Dumond’s parole.

    Suttlar, who came forward publicly after Dumond’s arrest for the Missouri murder, said Pondexter had told her at the time about Brownlee’s solicitation of her vote.

    “Ermer told me that the chairman had asked her to vote a certain way, and that she went along with the chairman’s request … and that she understood that Mr. Brownlee had wanted her to vote that way because the governor backed this, and wanted to get it done.”

    Pondexter had been appointed to the board by then-Gov. Bill Clinton, and was reappointed to a second term by Jim Guy Tucker. Associates says she’s a woman of deep principle, not readily dismissed as a partisan. Many of them know Pondexter — who in 1964 in Miller County led an effort to integrate a swimming lake that resulted in shootings of three black men and Pondexter’s jailing — as someone whose focus has been on civil rights issues, not partisan politics.

    Pondexter was initially reluctant to speak with the Times, saying she feared friends of the governor might impair her career. She eventually was persuaded to give her account.

    Said another former board member: “Anybody has to be really careful in a situation like this. This is a small state, and the governor or his supporters can make life uncomfortable not only for someone with a career in public life, but also in private business.”

    A more outspoken former member of the board has been Suttlar, who was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, and who had previously been an aide to Tucker.

    “For Governor Huckabee to say that he had no influence with the board is something that he knows to be untrue. He came before the board and made his views known that [Dumond] should have been paroled … “

    Suttlar noted that just prior to Huckabee’s appearance before the board the board had voted 4-1 against Dumond’s parole. After Huckabee’s board appearance, her colleagues largely reversed themselves, voting 4-1 for Dumond’s release.

    “Why did all the votes change?” Suttlar asked. The board members knew the governor’s position. And Huckabee knows what influence a governor has over a board. Who’s going to turn down a governor?”

    A board member, who only agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, said, “We are not talking rocket science here. The board jobs are known to some degree [to be] political patronage, and they’re not the most difficult jobs for the pay.” Board members currently earn more than $70,000 a year.

    “And then there’s the most obvious: If the governor likes you, you might get to keep your job.” One board who voted for Dumond, Railey Steele, was reappointed shortly before his vote. Brownlee was reappointed by Huckabee this year.

    On Aug. 29, 1996, the parole board denied Dumond parole on a 4-1 vote. Dr. Charles Chastain voted for parole; August Pieroni, Railey Steele, Fred Allen and Suttlar voted against. Brownlee didn’t vote. (Chastain’s vote was part of a board custom of giving inmates one positive vote as an encouragement for good behavior.)

    On Sept. 10, 1996, the board took another vote, going 5-0 against recommending executive clemency and 5-0 against recommending an executive pardon. The no votes were cast by Steele, Brownlee, Pieroni, Suttlar and Fred Allen.

    On Sept. 20, Gov. Huckabee announced his intention to commute Wayne Dumond’s sentence to time served.

    The governor and his staff were unprepared for the public outcry that followed his announcement that he was likely to free Dumond.

    Under state law, the governor had to wait at least 30 days — but not more than 120 — after his Sept. 20 clemency announcement to allow the public, legislators, prosecutors, and other interested parties to present their views before he made a final decision. Huckabee was required to make a decision before Jan. 20, 1997. As it turned out, the board voted four days before the deadline to parole Dumond, sparing Huckabee from the decision.

    Twenty women members of the state House of Representatives denounced the idea. A number of career and elected law enforcement officials — some privately, others publicly — announced that they opposed any commutation or pardon.
    Huckabee’s announcement led to renewed interest by the media as well.

    “It wasn’t so much that this had turned into a full-fledged firestorm for us,” said the state official who advised Huckabee. “It was thought of more in terms of the potential to be a firestorm for us.”

    Huckabee was then new to his job — he’d been in office only a couple of months — and was fearful of his first stumble, the official said.

    In an effort to stem the political fallout, Huckabee and his staff agreed to meet for the first time with Dumond’s victim, Ashley Stevens, her family, and Fletcher Long, the prosecuting attorney who sent Dumond to prison. In interviews, both Walter “Stevie” Stevens, Ashley’s father, and Long both said they came away frustrated that Huckabee knew so few specifics about the case.

    “He [Huckabee] kept insisting that there was DNA evidence that has since exonerated Dumond, when that very much wasn’t the case,” recalled Long. “No matter that that wasn’t true … we couldn’t seem to say or do anything to disabuse him of that notion.”

    In fact, there had never been any DNA testing in the Ashley Stevens case.

    The state official who advised Huckabee on the Dumond case confirmed that the governor knew very little about Ashley Stevens’ case:

    “I don’t believe that he had access to, or read, the law enforcement records or parole commission’s files — even by then,” the official said. “He already seemed to have made up his mind, and his knowledge of the case appeared to be limited to a large degree as to what people had told him, what Jay Cole had told him, and what he had read in the New York Post.”

    Jay Cole, like Huckabee, is a Baptist minister, pastor for the Mission Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville and a close friend of the governor and his wife. On the ultra-conservative radio program he hosts, Cole has championed the cause of Wayne Dumond for more than a decade.

    Cole has repeatedly claimed that Dumond’s various travails are the result of Ashley Stevens’ distant relationship to Bill Clinton.

    The governor was also apparently relying on information he got from Steve Dunleavy, first as a correspondent for the tabloid television show “A Current Affair” and later as a columnist for the New York Post.

    Much of what Dunleavy has written about the Dumond saga has been either unverified or is demonstrably untrue. Dunleavy has all but accused Ashley Stevens of having fabricated her rape, derisively referring to her in one column as a “so-called victim,” and brusquely asserting in another, “That rape never happened.”

    The columnist wrote that Dumond was a “Vietnam veteran with no record” when in fact he did have a criminal record. He claimed there existed DNA evidence by “one of the most respected DNA experts in the country” to exonerate Dumond, even though there was no such evidence. He wrote that Bill Clinton had personally intervened to keep Dumond in prison, even though Clinton had recused himself in 1990 from any involvement in the case because of his distant relationship with Stevens.

    “The problem with the governor is that he listens to Jay Cole and reads Steve Dunleavy and believes them … without doing other substantative work,” the state official said.

    Had Huckabee examined in detail the parole board’s files regarding Dumond, he would have known Dumond had compiled a lengthy criminal resume.

    In 1972, Dumond was arrested in the beating death of a man in Oklahoma. Dumond was not charged in that case after agreeing to testify for the prosecution against two others. But he admitted on the witness stand that he was among those who struck the murder victim with a claw hammer.

    In 1973, Dumond was arrested and placed on probation for five years for admitting in Oregon to molesting a teen-age girl in the parking lot of a shopping center.

    Three years later, according to Arkansas State Police records, Dumond admitted to raping an Arkansas woman. (Dumond later repudiated the confession, saying he was coerced by police.) Dumond was never formally charged in that case; the woman, saying she feared for her life, did not press charges. (See sidebar.)

    The meeting Huckabee had with Ashley Stevens and her family only made matters worse for the governor, energizing Stevens and her family to tell their story to anybody who would listen.

    Huckabee “ let us know that he was set on his course, which was to set Dumond free,” Long said.
    Ashley Stevens says she told the governor: “This is how close I was to Wayne Dumond. I will never forget his face. And now I don’t want you ever to forget my face.”

    Huckabee’s deadline to act on Dumond’s commutation was Jan. 20, 1997. Four days earlier, the parole board freed Dumond instead.

    What happened to prompt the turn of events?
    According to the state official who advised Huckabee, the governor found a way to achieve his goal to release Dumond, but with some political cover provided by the parole board.

    “It would not have necessarily been a vote for parole,” the official said. “I think we would have been grateful for even a close vote.” At the end of the entire process, he says, “we never thought we could extract from the board what we ended up with.”

    On Oct. 31, 1996, Huckabee met with the parole board. Huckabee has categorically denied that he supported the Dumond parole during the closed portion of the meeting, but four current and former board members tell the Times that Huckabee in fact did so.

    The minutes of the Oct. 31, 1996, open meeting provide no detail as to what transpired.
    The minutes simply state: “Governor Mike Huckabee and the board went into executive session. The board appreciates the governor meeting with them to discuss his and other concerns regarding criminal justice and rehabilitation and sharing his viewpoints on other issues.”

    Present at the meeting were Brownlee, Chastain, Allen, Pieroni and Suttlar.

    Chastain, Suttlar and two other board members who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Huckabee made it known that he favored a commutation of Dumond’s sentence.

    All four also said it was when Huckabee brought up the subject that the chairman, Brownlee, closed the meeting to the press.

    They further contradicted Huckabee’s later claims that it was Chastain and not Huckabee who first raised the Dumond issue.

    “It was thought to be a routine meeting,” Chastain recalled. “Huckabee said, ‘There is this one case I want to talk to you about.’ ”

    Brownlee then had the board go into executive session, Chastain said. “The governor commented that Wayne Dumond had received, from his perspective, a raw deal, that he was someone from the wrong side of the tracks … and that he had received what he thought was too long a sentence for that type of crime.”

    Suttlar also said Brownlee closed the meeting after Huckabee raised the Dumond case.

    Huckabee and his spokesman Rex Nelson have also claimed that any mention of the Dumond matter at the October meeting was fleeting, but Chastain and other board members dispute that. They say the remarks were substantive.

    Chastain provided the following account of an exchange with Huckabee.

    “The governor felt strongly that Dumond had gotten a raw deal,” Chastain recalled. “He said the sentence was awfully excessive for what he did. “I said, ‘Governor, well that happens. When you rape a cheerleader in a small town like that, that’s what is going to happen.’ He responded, ‘Most people don’t get a life sentence plus 20 years.’ I pointed out that his sentence had already been reduced to 39 1/2 years and said, ‘That’s not really out of line at all.’

    Most of the other board members remained silent, as he and the governor argued over the issue. “I got the impression that no one wanted to argue with the governor,” Chastain said.

    Suttlar, Chastain, Pondexter and a fourth board member also question the propriety of the board going into a closed-door session to discuss the issue.

    “The board is supposed to be autonomous,” Suttlar asserted. “Whenever we all come together, the public is supposed to be notified by law. And we should have never been in executive session with a governor about anything.”

    The board’s executive session appears to have been a violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act, which says state boards may meet privately only for the “specific purpose of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining or resignation of any public officer or employee.”

    Says another board member: “Some of us were taken aback when the chairman took us into executive session. … He should have known better than to do that, and presumably most of us knew better as well … you can’t do that. The only reason a state board can ever go into executive session is to discuss personnel matters.”

    In response to questions from the Times regarding whether the board violated the FOIA by meeting in executive session, the board provided this written response:

    “It was a new governor meeting with a board he had not appointed. At no time was this meeting meant to circumvent the state’s FOIA laws.”

    Rex Nelson, the governor’s spokesman, has said that the meeting might have in fact contravened the FOIA, but said it was the chairman’s decision to have the board meet in executive session, and the governor was not familiar enough with the statute to object.

    Suttlar told the Times that she and other board members did not object to Brownlee taking the board into executive session, and covered for the chairman as well, because they were, for the most part, friends with him, and did not want to embarrass him.

    “And so when the press called and wanted to know why Mr. Brownlee wanted to go into executive session, we said we didn’t know why,” Suttlar said. “We couldn’t answer that question. What were we going to say? That he was protecting the governor? That’s exactly what it was. The governor started talking about Dumond, so Mr. Brownlee knew that was inappropriate and he went into executive session in order to allow the governor to speak without the press being there.”

    Despite the fact that the meeting was closed, there still should have been a record of it, four former board members and a former staffer say. They say that Sharon Hansberry, the board’s office administrator, ordinarily attends the meeting and takes notes. It was also a common practice around that time, they say, for her to tape record the meetings as well, even though the tapes were often destroyed once the minutes were formalized.

    Former members of the board say that Hansberry was asked to leave the room when the board went into executive session. A spokesman for the board says that there is no record of what occurred in the executive session — no tape recording of the executive session, or notes, or minutes.

    Board chairman Leroy Brownlee then took a series of additional highly unusual steps that would allow Wayne Dumond to gain his freedom.

    On Nov. 29, 1996, Dumond sent a request for reconsideration to the board, board records show. The request was received Dec. 2 at its offices. Ordinarily, inmates have to wait a full year from their last hearing to go before the board again. In Dumond’s case, his next hearing would have been scheduled for Aug. 29, 1997.

    For an inmate to obtain a new board hearing under such circumstances, at least one board member must approve his request for reconsideration. If the petition request is approved by the first board member who reads it, a hearing is then usually scheduled, and there is no further vote.

    If, however, the petition request is disapproved by the first board member who reads it, then it is passed around to other board members who vote, until a majority of board members either supports or disapproves of reconsideration.

    Leroy Brownlee was the first person to review Dumond’s request, a board spokesman said. Brownlee made the decision approving the petition for reconsideration by himself, the spokesperson added. Because he had approved Dumond’s request, no other members of the board were provided with a copy to review for themselves. There is no written record in the parole board’s files, however, as ordinarily there should be, showing that Brownlee or any other board member approved Dumond’s petition for reconsideration.

    The board has told the Times it’s possible such a document has been lost in the past five years, when the Dumond file has been examined many times. “It is possible that the document has been misplaced, if it ever existed.”

    Brownlee continued to take a personal interest in Dumond’s case, according to previously undisclosed parole board records, and former and current board members.

    On Jan. 9, 1997, Brownlee personally interviewed Dumond at the Tucker prison unit. Brownlee then recommended to the full board that Dumond be paroled, on the condition that Dumond leave Arkansas.

    Three former and current members of the board say Brownlee has rarely conducted an inmate interview in preparation for a full board review. But a spokesman for the board said that although it’s rare today for Brownlee to conduct inmate interviews, it was not in 1997, because the board had fewer full-time members than it does today.
    Brownlee’s interview and his recommendation to parole Dumond paved the way for the full board to hold a hearing Jan. 16.

    The timing of the board’s action could have not been better for the governor. Had the board not acted on Jan. 16, Huckabee would have had to announce his own decision on Dumond Jan. 20.

    Another move made the Dumond parole hearing possible.

    On Dec. 19, 1996, Dumond was transferred from the Varner prison unit to the Tucker unit. Had he stayed at Varner, Dumond would not have been interviewed by Brownlee on Jan. 9, nor would he have had his parole reconsidered by the full board on Jan. 16. That’s because the board only considers paroles for inmates from certain prisons during particular sessions.

    Had Dumond stayed at Varner, he would not have been eligible for a parole hearing before the board until long after Gov. Huckabee’s Jan. 20 deadline. Asked whether the parole board would have considered Dumond’s parole on Jan. 16 had he still been at Varner instead of Tucker, a spokesperson provided the Times with this written response: “While the PPTB members do not know what inmates will be seen at any hearings/screenings, the PPTB members do not know what inmates will be seen at any given unit at any given time.”

    Department of Corrections officials insist that it was pure serendipity for Huckabee that Dumond was transferred from Varner to Tucker. “Wayne Dumond was moved for institutional reasons,” says Department of Corrections spokesperson Dina Tyler. “We move inmates day and night — based on conditions, needs, jobs, and other reasons. Wayne Dumond was a routine movement.”

    George Brewer, an administrator with Corrections who handled the logistics of Dumond’s transfer, told the Times that he made the transfer after being told to by the warden of Varner:

    “It was at the request of the warden,” Brewer said in an interview. “Dumond was one of a bunch of clerks who had become a clique. As clerks, they had access to files about inmates and other things going on around the prison … If two or three start working together, they can use the information they have to manipulate the system.”

    Brewer said the Varner warden Rick Toney told him: “I’ve got to bust up the clique. I’ve got to bust up my clerks. Dumond’s one of them.” Brewer says he then transferred Dumond to the Tucker unit. Toney declined to be interviewed for this article.

    This new explanation for Dumond’s transfer differs substantially from reasons given in the past. In January 1997, State Corrections Director Larry Norris wrote to state House Speaker Bobby Hogue of Jonesboro denying that the transfer was made to allow the board to expedite a parole hearing. Norris asserted that Dumond was moved for security concerns, “including allegations made by inmate Dumond about his personal safety.”

    The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported around that time that unnamed corrections officials told the newspaper Dumond’s transfer was the result of a routine request from Dumond so that he could change prison jobs. Dumond was said to have wanted to take a job working in a factory constructing buses at Tucker.

    The parole board denied to the Times that Brownlee or any other member of the board was involved in bringing about Dumond’s transfer to Tucker. In a written statement, a spokesman said: “The PPTB does not have the authority to effect the transfer of any inmate within the Arkansas Department of Corrections.”

    However, in the two weeks just prior to Dumond’s Jan. 16 parole hearing, Brownlee had at least three telephone conversations with Butch Reeves, the governor’s liaison for Corrections, according to the advisor to Huckabee and a second state employee.

    During those discussions, the advisor says, Brownlee expressed frustration that the hearing was likely to be delayed because Dumond was incarcerated at Varner.

    In response to questions by the Times regarding those three conversations, a spokesperson for the parole board said: “Communication between Butch Reeves and Chairman Brownlee was frequent during that time span. However, it is impossible to remember the content of any conversation that took place five years ago.”

    The same sources say that Brownlee and Reeves discussed the Dumond matter on numerous other occasions during the months preceding Dumond’s parole hearing, although one source said that Reeves simply listened to what Brownlee had to tell him, and passed it on to the governor.

    A spokesperson for the board confirmed those numerous contacts, saying they “were simply a matter of routine business.” But she refused to confirm or deny whether Dumond was discussed: “The topics of those conversations have long been forgotten in the ensuing years.”

    Reeves did not respond to repeated telephone calls seeking his comment for this story.

    For its part, the governor’s office has repeatedly denied a role in Dumond’s transfer from the Varner to Tucker units.

    But one state official says that it had “become virtually a routine constituent service” for Huckabee’s office to request inmate transfers on behalf of the families of inmates. The same source says: “If a warden gets a call from the governor’s mansion, they’re just not going to think there is anything untoward … and try and accommodate it.”

    Even George Brewer, the corrections official who personally handled the Dumond transfer — who says that the warden of Varner asked him to transfer Dumond for a routine reason — says the governor’s office, either by direct request or by forwarding family member requests, seeks inmate transfers at least once a week. Says Brewer: “They’re usually routine referrals, like ‘I got a momma calling me. She’s real upset that they’re not moving her son.’ That type of thing.”

    Voting Jan. 16 to parole Dumond were Brownlee, Steele, Allen and Pondexter. Chastain voted against parole. Suttlar and Pieroni, who had voted against Dumond’s parole the previous August, abstained.

    Railey Steele’s vote surprised many board members. Steele had been one of the most hard-line board members, rejecting parole more often than most of his fellow commissioners, and at times openly dismissive of members Chastain, Pondexter, and Suttlar, who were seen as more sympathetic.

    Says Chastain: “It was kind of a role reversal for [Steele and me]. He always thought that I was much too lenient … and for that reason, often times had little use for me.”

    Steele, who died in October 2000, had been a mayor of Gentry, a Benton County judge from 1975 to 1979 and served two terms in the state legislature from 1991 to 1995.

    Though Steele later denied his vote was political, one former board member said Railey “almost approached the job as if he were still a legislator. That was his background. But that’s not how we’re supposed to serve. We’re supposed to set aside politics, because we make decisions regarding the legal system and public safety.

    “Railey took calls from state legislators. He took calls from influential people in the community. He continued acting as the pol that he had been most of his career.”

    Just three days before the vote, Huckabee reappointed Steele — named to the board by Huckabee’s Democratic predecessor Jim Guy Tucker — to the parole board. The move raised eyebrows at the time, since governors usually appoint friends and political allies to the board. Huckabee also reappointed Brownlee, who once served as secretary of the state Democratic Party, on Feb. 28, 2002, to another seven-year term.

    Though he’s distancing himself from the accused murderer today, the record has long been clear that Huckabee was an advocate of Dumond’s freedom.

    On the day of the vote, Huckabee released a statement in support of the board’s action: “I concur with the board’s action and hope the lives of all those involved can move forward. The action of the board accomplishes what I sought to do in considering an earlier request for commutation …

    “In light of the action of the board, my original intent to commute the sentence to time served is no longer relevant.”

    Huckabee’s office then released a letter to Dumond denying his application for a pardon.

    “Dear Wayne,” Huckabee wrote, “I have reviewed your applications for executive clemency, specifically a commutation and/or pardon. … My desire is that you be released from prison. I feel now that parole is the best way for your reintegration into society. … Therefore, after careful consideration … I have denied your applications.”

    Huckabee was able to achieve what he wanted to do in the first place: Release Dumond from prison with no apparent political cost to the governor. The public was told that Dumond was paroled solely due to an autonomous decision by the Post Prison Transfer Board.

    Later in January 1996, Brownlee denied that the governor had interfered with the vote and told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “This was the first time that Dumond had ever submitted a solid release plan.” He had told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal the same thing.

    In fact, according to a spokesman for the parole board, Dumond had submitted a parole plan in August 1994, January 1995, and August 1995. The August 1994 and August 1995 plans include a request to move to Texas. Dumond did not submit any additional materials in support of his parole application between Aug. 29, 1996, when he was turned down for parole, and the board vote of Jan. 16, 1997.

    A spokesperson for the parole board noted that “it is possible letters of protest or of support were received during that time span, but no support documentation was submitted by Mr. Dumond.”

    Murray Waas is an investigative reporter who has been a winner of the Goldsmith Prize and a 1993 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He was assisted in the reporting of this article by Bryan Keefer.

  64. m2 says:

    I don’t want Huckabee to be President.

    He didn’t even support the conservative candidate in NY did he?

    He’s a GOP out-of-touch, or he’s influenced by them at any rate…

  65. tellitlikeitis says:

    M2, Huckabee’s presidential aspirations are toast now. Clemmons is going to haunt him from the grave. He is a fool if he even tries to run after this.

  66. m2 says:

    I don’t think he’s the fault behind the guy- but he’s gonna lose if he runs because he’s not a true conservative.

  67. tellitlikeitis says:

    Here read some of this about Clemmons.

    In 1990, Clemmons, then 18, was sentenced in Arkansas to 60 years in prison for burglary and theft of property, according to a news account in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Newspaper stories describe a series of disturbing incidents involving Clemmons while he was being tried in Arkansas on various charges.

    During one trial, Clemmons was shackled in leg irons and seated next to a uniformed officer. The presiding judge ordered the extra security because he felt Clemmons had threatened him, court records show.

    Another time, Clemmons hid a hinge in his sock, and was accused of intending to use it as a weapon. Yet another time, Clemmons took a lock from a holding cell, and threw it toward the bailiff. He missed and instead hit Clemmons’ mother, who had come to bring him street clothes, according to records and published reports.

    On another occasion, Clemmons had reached for a guard’s pistol during transport to the courtroom.

    When Clemmons received the 60-year sentence, he was already serving 48 years on five felony convictions and facing up to 95 more years on charges of robbery, theft of property and possessing a handgun on school property. Records from Clemmons’ sentencing described him as 5-foot-7 and 108 pounds. The crimes were committed when he was 17.

    Clemmons served 11 years before being released.

  68. LisaInTX says:

    VF–how does this sound?

    Disclaimer: The photo above has been altered from 3rd party sources

  69. VotingFemale says:

    M2, yeah… I researched the pic and found quite a bit written about it… it is a photoshop job

  70. tellitlikeitis says:

    This guy was a bad seed as a kid. He belonged locked up.

  71. VotingFemale says:

    sounds fine dear… you add the disclamer and that is that.

    LisaInTX says

    VF–how does this sound?

    Disclaimer: The photo above has been altered from 3rd party sources

  72. LisaInTX says:

    Wow Tellit!
    You are really fired up on this topic with just cause. I too am upset over how our legal system has failed us.
    Maybe we just need to go straight to a death sentence for all armed robberies now and stop them all in their tracks, before they have a chance to commit murder, rape or go on a cop killing spree.
    I know many are to “blame” for this and other related crimes, but the focus still needs to be on the ONE that commits the murders and crimes.
    Shifting the blame and outrage onto someone that did NOT commit the crimes is feeding the agenda of the commies IMO….

  73. tellitlikeitis says:

    The real terrorists are the one’s running our government.

  74. VotingFemale says:

    Rasmussen: 71% angry at federal government

    Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters nationwide say they’re at least somewhat angry about the current policies of the federal government. That figure includes 46% who are Very Angry.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 27% are not angry about the government’s policies, including 10% who are Not at All Angry.

    Men are angrier than women, and voters over 40 are more angry than those who are younger. A majority of those over 40 are Very Angry. Only 25% of under-30 voters share that view.

    The data suggests that the level of anger is growing. The 71% who are angry at federal government policies today is up five percentage points since September.

    Even more stunning, the 46% who are Very Angry is up 10 percentage points from September.

  75. VotingFemale says:

    Wait until after Obama’s Afghanistan Speech tonight…

    That 27% who are not angry about the government’s policies will dwindle by half!


  76. VotingFemale says:

    Tellit, I said it before… Huckabee and Romney went the RINO route meaning moving left of center on social issues and it is mangling them like lizards under a power mower…

    tisk tisk tisk…


  77. VotingFemale says:

    Romney will be trashed to hell and back for promoting Massachusetts RomneyCare… this state is drowning in a sea of red ink as a result…

  78. m2 says:

    going to get lunch!!

  79. VotingFemale says:

    Just now noticed your comment Kynikos! Good Morning! and thanks dear!

    Kynikos says

    Morning all, just a quick fly by, at work.

    Somehow ya just knew that this guy would not be taken alive!! I think its time to dust off the Glock 23 and shine up the ole holster, the nuts are falling out of the trees these days!!

    Back to work, great post VF as always! Kinky…

  80. Foxwood says:

    Lisa Said:
    “I see that now, but I sure didn’t when I was growing up in the 60’s.”

    I hear ya. I was a liberal pot smoker at one time.

  81. Foxwood says:

    Right or wrong on the clemency issue, Huckabee’s name is attached. He’s out.

  82. LisaInTX says:

    Foxwood, Tellit, Vf
    I agree that Huckabee is out of the running. I never thought he had a chance anyway.

  83. samiam60 says:

    Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate

    November 30, 2009

    Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) I am transmitting an alternative plan for locality pay increases for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule (GS) and certain other pay systems in January 2010.

    Under title 5, United States Code, civilian Federal employees covered by the GS and certain other pay systems would receive a two-part pay increase in January 2010: (1) a 2.4 percent across-the-board adjustment in scheduled rates of basic pay derived from Employment Cost Index data on changes in the wages and salaries of private industry workers, and (2) locality pay adjustments averaging 16.5 percent based on Bureau of Labor Statistics salary surveys of non-Federal employers in each locality pay area. According to the statutory formula, for Federal employees covered by the locality pay system, the overall average pay increase would be about 18.9 percent. This total Federal employee pay increase would cost about $22.6 billion in fiscal year 2010 alone.

    Title 5, United States Code, authorizes me to implement an alternative pay plan if I view the adjustments that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate due to “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.” As in August, when I submitted an alternative plan under 5 U.S.C. 5303(b) to limit the across-the-board increase in 2010 to 2.0 percent, I have determined that it is appropriate to exercise my statutory alternative plan authority under 5 U.S.C. 5304a to set alternative January 2010 locality pay rates.

    A national emergency, within the meaning of chapter 53 of title 5, has existed since September 11, 2001. Likewise, our country continues to face serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare and most Americans would not understand or accept that Federal employees should receive an average pay increase of 18.9 percent while many of their fellow citizens are facing employment cutbacks or unemployment. Such an increase would cost $19.9 billion more than the 2.0 percent overall Federal civilian pay increase that I proposed in my 2010 Budget and would build in later years.

    Accordingly, I have determined that under the authority of section 5304a of title 5, United States Code, the locality pay percentages currently in effect as shown in the attachment shall remain in effect in 2010.

    The law requires that I include in this report an assessment of the impact of my decision on the Government’s ability to recruit and retain well-qualified employees. As I said in August, I do not believe this decision will materially affect our ability to continue to attract and retain a quality Federal orkforce. Since any pay raise above the amount proposed in this alternative plan would likely be unfunded, agencies would have to absorb the additional cost and could have to reduce hiring to pay the higher rates. Moreover, the GS “quit” rate continues to be very low (2.1 percent on an annual basis), well below the overall average “quit” rate in private enterprise.


  84. LisaInTX says:

    I agree 100%—and we KNOW their names!!!

    tellitlikeitis // December 1, 2009 at 11:44 am

    The real terrorists are the one’s running our government.

  85. LisaInTX says:

    I still remember the leather headband I used to wear…hahaha…it had a peace sign that was aligned in the middle of my forehead…. hahahaa
    And another poster said “War is not healthy for children and other living things”….

    Foxwood // December 1, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Lisa Said:
    “I see that now, but I sure didn’t when I was growing up in the 60’s.”

    I hear ya. I was a liberal pot smoker at one time.

  86. LisaInTX says:

    Oh and HI Kynk!!! Good to see you!! :-}

  87. samiam60 says:

    We were sent to fight in Nam with the belief that we had to Stop Communism over there so it would not spread over here.

    I have to ask our Elected Officials this:

    Was it all for nothing?

  88. samiam60 says:

    I fought Communism over there and now at my age I find myself fighting here in my own Country and the enemy is the President of the United States of America.

    Is this just a nightmare I cannot wake up from?

  89. tellitlikeitis says:

    Here is something worth reading. God Bless this old Veteran!

    Dear President Obama,

    My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13
    of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe
    my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
    I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before,
    during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate.
    Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl
    Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of
    service to my country.
    One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.
    So here goes.
    I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die
    before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.
    I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.
    You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies
    despicable lies like:
    ” We’re no longer a Christian nation”
    ” America is arrogant”
    Your wife even announced to the world, ” America is mean-
    spirited. ”
    Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.
    I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like
    America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you
    do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
    After 9/11 you said,” America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”
    Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty
    that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence
    from the British?
    Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man,
    that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t
    mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of
    fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.
    I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better
    than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white
    people understood when they helped to get you elected.
    Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.
    Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll
    do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on
    Pennsylvania Avenue.
    You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people
    like slaves.
    And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed
    13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more.
    You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight?
    You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you
    don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they
    are, terrorists.
    One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and
    never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the
    Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job.
    When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out.
    The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.
    You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
    You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back
    our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the
    heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
    And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

    Harold B. Estes

  90. Foxwood says:

    Best not say:
    “kill a Commie for your mommy”,
    the Secrete Security might give you a visit.

  91. LisaInTX says:

    This is the last I will post on this topic….but just think the man should be given credit for owning his part in it, unlike a liberal who would blame everyone but himself.

    Huckabee states in his defense.

    “…..At the time I write these words, police are still searching for Maurice Clemmons who is believed to be the one committing these unspeakable acts. Nine years ago, that name crossed my desk. I commuted his sentence from 108 years to 47 years. Many news reports, talk show hosts, and bloggers have erroneously said that he was granted a “pardon.” Others speak of me “setting him free.” As one who now hosts a talk show and who does daily radio commentaries, I can attest to how easy commentary is compared to actually governing. I am not seeking to justify or defend my actions of nine years ago, but it’s important that I answer for my actions and give some explanation as to how and why his sentence was commuted.

    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. But if the same file was presented to me today, I would have likely made the same decision.

    Each state is different, but in Arkansas, a governor doesn’t initiate a parole—the Post Prison Transfer Board does 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……

  92. Foxwood says:

    Ennie meanie chilli beanie
    The spirits are about to speak.

    I see a new blog post on the horizon.

  93. samiam60 says:

    Thanks for sharing that great letter Tellit.

    That old guy has more common sense than any of us have seen in a long time.

  94. LisaInTX says:

    God Bless that Vet!!!

  95. LisaInTX says:

    I agree—they would come after us for sure if we said that now!!! hahahaa

    Bless your heart…you understand this on such a personal level…I’m sure the outrage you feel must be beyond compare!
    It is so good to have you with us here.
    HUGS to you!

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