December 5th, 2007
01:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee faces scrutiny for involvement in rapist parole

Newly published letters are raising questions about how much then-Gov. Huckabee knew about a rapist's history.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As he surges in polls, Mike Huckabee is facing renewed scrutiny over his role in the parole of a convicted rapist who raped and killed a woman after his release.

The murdered woman's mother, Lois Davidson, said she will "absolutely campaign against" Huckabee, and said she decided to come forward when he started doing well in the polls.

"It's because he is a serious contender," Davidson said. "I didn't think he had a chance, but now he's right up there in Iowa."

Huckabee, during his first term as Arkansas governor, expressed support for the parole of Wayne DuMond in a letter to him.

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- CNN’s Dana Bash and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

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  1. robert eckert seattle, WA might be newsworthy to mention it was Clinton's cousin who was raped and Huckabee released him out of spite...but then again you people don't really do the news anymore...

    December 5, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Dubious about the self-proclaimed righteous Los Angeles

    It probably wasn't Huckabee's fault – he just had bad intel. That's the normal excuse, right?

    December 5, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Frank Clearwater, Fl

    Although I am not a supporter of Huckabee's candidacy for president I am against the "gotcha" mentality bringing up one example of a bad result in the mind set of locking 'em up and throwing away the key.

    The Willy Horton debacle ended up closing down an otherwise very successful program.

    Let's not take a step backwards. We still need to be compassionate as well as smart on crime. There will always be examples of offenders going wrong. We need to remember all those who do the right thing and become productive members of society.

    December 5, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Carmen, Little Rock AR

    I'd like to comment on this "Political Ticker" in general, not just this story in particular.

    Could journalists please start demanding that candidates share information that is actually RELEVANT to the office they are running for? The election is almost a year away, and I am already utterly disgusted with the inflammatory nonsense and general sniping that pervades the coverage of every single campaign.

    I'm no Republican, so I couldn't care less where Huckabee stands in the primary race. But if he made a mistake in approving the parole of an inmate, SO WHAT? Is the subtext here that Republican voters should be looking for another candidate like George W. Bush and the criminal justice standards he promulgated in Texas? Or is the standard even... ah... higher? Should Republicans be looking for a candidate who never makes mistakes?

    Can CNN and Arianna Huffington and all the other political journalists not see the responsibility they have to quit feeding this beast? Voters are counting on YOU to get us the information we need to fulfill our role in this democracy. There are real human beings behind these stories. Intelligent, educated human beings. Do you REALLY want a president - a PRESIDENT– elected based on the public's knee-jerk reaction to "Oh my God he released a rapist into the world"?

    December 5, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Peter Armstrong, Siloam Springs, AR

    It is helpful to read Governor Huckabee's response to the Wayne Dumond incident:

    "For people to say that I was responsible in getting him out makes a few presumptions – number one, it presumes, I had an influence on Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker in 1992. The second presumption, it assumes I had the amazing persuasive power to go into a board of seven people, all of them appointed by Democratic governors before me and persuade them to do something they didn't wish to do."

    December 5, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Ben Dribus, Mandeville, Louisiana

    Mike Huckabee is a good man. This is a terrible slime campaign, and those involved should be ashamed. It is the responsibility of the parole board, not the governor, to decide parole. The board members who have accused Mike Huckabee of pressuring them to release Dumond are liberal operatives who are cynically attempting to shift responsibility. The only possible result of this sort of character assassination is that no one who has any history or any record will be able to run for office. To hold a governor of 11 years responsible for the crimes of everyone paroled under his tenure is an impossible standard. Whether you like his politics or not, you should be disgusted at how he is being treated.

    December 5, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Do you have a source that can prove that? We wouldn't want to be spreading false rumors now, would we?

    December 5, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Ben Dribus, Mandeville, Louisiana

    Mike Huckabee will win the nomination in spite of this disgusting smear effort, because he is the only candidate who has an optimistic and forward-looking message. This slime campaign is old news; it was used against him during his reelection campaign for governor, and he won anyway. Obviously, the voters decided to ignore the character assassination and look at his record. I hope voters across the country will do the same.

    December 5, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Cathy Meyers, Grand Rapids, MIchigan

    Mr. Huckabee had no way of predicting the actions of the paroled Wayne DuMond. There will always be people who think someone should not be paroled . . . ever.
    What's the alternative? Nobody gets paroled . . . ever . . . because we just don't know what they might or might not do? Mr. Huckabee is not a clairvoyant. He made a decision. Hindsight is a gift we wish we all had prior to any decision.

    December 5, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Brian, Houston Texas

    Could you please give us some backstory on why Huckabee was so inclined to release this criminal? Without that information this appears to be just another Willie Horton story. Is there more to it?

    December 5, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Kim, Midland MI

    A lesson for all governors. A single conviction rarely signals a single crime. As with drunk drivers, who are estimated to have driven drunk 100 or more times for every time caught, rapists rarely do it once. Prosecutors try the cases they know they can win – often leaving many, many victims unaccounted for.

    Most of the statistics involving women's issue in Arkansas show them to be near the bottom, compared to other states. This includes births to unwed teens, infant mortality, births to women with little or no prenatal care.

    Maybe all the tax and expense cutting the Governor did, he should have left in place. Including money to keep prisoners sentanced for life locked up.

    December 5, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Erik, Ventura, CAlifornia

    Mike Huckabee's sudden rise is proof that bigotry in this country is alive
    and well in the 21st Century. The same people who lathered with venom over the Amnesity Bill in the Senate this year are the ones who are ignoring Mike Huckabee's dismal record on immigration. Huckabee has been caught in flat out lie this week regarding what the immigration bill he was supporting actually was, and now more lies about the case of the released rapist in Arkansas who went on the rape and kill again.The reasoning for the Born Again Christians goes against their own teachings. Don't vote for
    Romney, He is a Mormon. No matter how good a man he is, he is a Mormon. Vote
    for Huckabee. It doesn't matter what his stances are or that he has already
    been caught in numerous lies, he is a Baptist minister!

    December 5, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Jay, Greenbelt, md

    "Praise the lord and release the rapist." Gee, imagine that from a "Baptist Minister".

    December 5, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. tyrone, pa

    Robert that is very interesting...i did not know that. I was going to say that people are extremely unpredicatble and i though it was just bad judgement, but what you said about the whole spite thing does sort of make sense to me.

    December 5, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Dawn Piscataway NJ

    If it was Huckabee's relative he would have never gotten out. Rapist men or women should be shot dead. What a horrible crime. A complete violation.

    December 5, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Founding Father USA

    Dr Ron Paul has a plan: 1. Bring our troops home from Iraq, 2. Bring our troops home from the 500 foreign bases in over 100 countries (we put troops over there to stop the USSR). 3. End the US efforts to run and police the world. 4. With the trillion $/year saved by 1-3 abolish the income tax and the IRS. 5. Stop the inflation tax with sound money. Let's elect Dr. Ron Paul and get America back on the path to Peace, Prosperity and Liberty.

    December 5, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. PS, KC, MO

    This year's Willie Horton. The Republican machine has turned on one of its own. After this brouhaha has served its purpose, it will be forgotten.

    December 5, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Carl, Little Rock, AR

    The last person we need leading our country is a soft-hearted person who "could've predicted what he could've done when he got out." Seriously? A man RAPES a woman (or multiple women) and you can't foresee another crime? Is this who we want setting foreign policy for our nation? "I swear President Huckabee, we won't attack the U.S. again..."

    December 5, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Blondie Kansas City KS

    Wish he would have known more?

    Well, how about the well published fact that rapists and child molesters are the toughest to treat and rarely change their ways? Isn't that enough?

    December 5, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Jon, Little Rock, AR

    It's about time someone has caught onto this! Huckabee all but CAMPAIGNED for Dumonds release – I know, I live in Little Rock and heard it first hand with my own ears while it was happening! This makes Willie Horton look like a chump! The poor girl that was raped (and others as well) pleaded with Huckabee not to release this scum. Several of Dumond's victims pleaded to Huckabee not to parole him. I guess the Baptist Minister couldn't find it in his big heart to listen to them. Now Huckabee says he didn't know all the facts?? Isn't it your job to know the facts before you parole a rapist – who then rapes and murders another person less than a year later?? There were other possible victims as well but the bastard died in prison before he could be tried. The only reason I can fathom is that Huckabee pushed for a parole was to "embarass" Clinton (who was related to the girl). On another note, Huckabee wasted more than 10 years as Governor promoting his own self interests instead of promoting our Natural State and soliciting business. Instead he talks about "road kill" on Jay Leno. Lets all hope for the best interests of our country, Huckabee is sent back to the pulpit instead of the White House....

    December 5, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Again, unprepared and doing something without enough information to formulate a decision. Do we really need ANOTHER incompetent President?

    December 5, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Dan, Federal Way, WA

    Huh?? "None of us could've predicted what he could've done when he got out".. Hey Huckabee.. He was convicted of a previous violent rape. That should have made it a little easier to predict...

    December 5, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Huckabee needs to remain in the pulpit, not in the White House. Next election we'll have every minister believing God has now chosen him to be president as God chose him to be a minister. Where is religion and politics heading in this country; we need to get back on track.

    December 5, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Annie

    I thjink investigative journalism is a crucial part of " keeping them honest". However I always wonder why these individuals don't come forward themselves to tell their story. Huffington could further advance the validaty of this claims by allowing the persons who wrote the letters to shed further light on the circumstance. It is hard to discredit a "first hand" witness, and I hope they agree to share their story.

    December 5, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Hal, San Francisco CA

    Do we really want another scumbag from Arkansas in the White House?

    December 5, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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