December 6th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee denies influencing rapist's parole

Watch Huckabee explain his role while Arkansas governor in the parole of a rapist.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The case of a convicted rapist paroled in 1999 has come back to haunt Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, with the mother of a woman the convict later murdered pledging to campaign against the former Arkansas governor.

In an interview with CNN Wednesday, Huckabee said it was "heartbreaking" that the murders had become politicized.

"There are families who are truly, understandably and reasonably, grief stricken," Huckabee said. "And for people to now politicize these deaths and to try to make a political case out of it rather than to simply understand that a system failed and that we ought to extend our grief and heartfelt sorrow to these families, I just regret politics is reduced to that."

Huckabee said he had considered granting DuMond clemency, but he dropped the idea in response to public outcry.

Huckabee also said he did not grant clemency because he wanted to ensure DuMond was supervised when he was released from prison.

"Had I granted his commutation, then there would have been no supervision at all," Huckabee said, "I wasn't comfortable with that." Huckabee's role in rapist's parole comes under fresh scrutiny

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. DJ, LA, CA

    The criminal justice system is the problem not ONE governor's parole board recommendations.

    Half 1 million people locked-up in our prison system are wacked-out, mentally ill, hooked on drugs and need more help that our government is capable of providing.

    That is what the real issue here. People aren't getting rehabilitated in prison, only getting worse. Mike can not be held accountable for the fact that our entire criminal justice system is growing out of control...not enough room, not enough money, etc.

    We can't build jails fast enough to keep up with the demand. That's not a good sign.

    December 6, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Does any Republican ever take responsibility for his or her actions that have a negative impact?

    I am surprised that Mike Huckabee didn't find a way to put the blame on a Democrat.

    December 6, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Geez people. Do you not have the slightest clue how the system works? Huckabee did NOT parole Dumond. The governor does not have the power to parole someone. It is performed by a board. The board members reviewed the case and released Dumond. Whether or not Huckabee influenced their decision the ultimate fact is that the BOARD released Dumond. They made the decision. It is their signatures that are on the release papers, not Huckabee's.

    Huckabee admitted he was in favor of the decision and in hindsight that was a mistake. I doubt very highly how many people posting here can predict the future of other individuals but if you are going to blame anyone for not predicting the future it should be the members of the board who signed the release.

    December 6, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Cathy Sherrill, Winstom-Salem NC

    People in religion are awfully good a passing the blame – I guess they are just following Biblical examples – like Adam & Eve. If Huckabee had an ounce of leadership, he would realize that the man at the top carries responsibility AND the blame for anything that happens in his watch. I don't care that he pardoned a rapist, people make mistakes. But I DO care when he starts with the 'ol "It's not MY FAULT!" I don't think we need 4 years of that.

    December 6, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Derek, Honolulu HI

    I'm less worried about Huckleberry's support of rapists than I am about having a religious theocracy in America if he gets elected.

    December 6, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Alice, Cambridge, WI

    R Moore, Raleigh, NC- I guess the rape and murder of a woman is a "non-issue"? You are a jerk. And for people who say Huckabee gave an apology, I am sure that makes the murder victim and family feel soooo much better.

    December 6, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Robbert,NYC,NY

    I have watched this guy. He is a spinner like any other candidate and I don't believe how much christian he is. I think it is unbelievable how much he can reduce himself telling people what they want to hear so that he can be elected. Sad, really sad!

    December 6, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Jack,boston,ma

    He admitted to have gone to the board and said that guy to be realised. Now that he want to be a president is another story. He influenced the board for that decision and the same way he will do in washington. I just don't believe him.
    I am voting for Obama after spin of lies in this country. No more nonsense.

    December 6, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Jeff, Boston MA

    "If a democrat pulled a stunt like this He or She would have been run out of town on a rail!" – from an earlier post.

    You couldnt be more wrong. Ever heard of Deval Patrick , Massachusetts Governor and Ben LaGuer???? Deval gave $5000.00 of his own money to defend that rapist and then became Gov of the Commonwealth. Get your facts straight. Or better yet, get some facts, period.

    December 6, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Andrew, Atlanta, GA

    Hmm. I can't imagine the other Republican candidates are saddened by this. I mean, isn't this Wille Horton all over again? Republicans will do anything, no matter how dirty, to win. It's ironic now they'll be using it against each other instead of against a Democratic candidate. Though, I wonder if Huckabee had anything negative to say about the whole Willie Horton incident way back when? Probably not.

    December 6, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. JohnGalt Sturgis, SD

    Huckabee cries that "his" decision to release the killer rapist is being used in a political ploy, and that it's unfair. Was Huckabee in political office when DuMond was released. YES. You decisions you make in political office is chained to your neck for life. Maybe Huckabee doesn't understand what "politician" is defined as. Where, how do these simple minded people get elected.

    December 6, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. charlie houston texas

    This is not an isolated incident. Huckabee has a pattern of letting criminals off.

    He has issued more than 700 pardons and commutations during his eight years in office and more than his three predecessors combined.

    Here are the figures for neighboring states from 1996-2004, when Huckabee took office (and keep in mind the population of these states is nearly 20 times Arkansas):
    ___ >> Louisiana – 213.
    ___ >> Mississippi – 24.
    ___ >> Missouri – 79.
    ___ >> Oklahoma – 178.
    ___ >> Tennessee – 32.
    ___ >> Texas – 98 (includes 36 inmates released because they were convicted on drug charges with planted evidence).
    ___ Total: 624 vs. Huckabee's 703.

    This is a pattern people.

    December 6, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Schmidt Iowa

    Huckabee and one pardon
    Do we remember all the clinton pardons when he left the White House/Some with treason/ some with major tax evasion/ just to many to post

    Huckabee at least was concerned and wanted to do right/
    Clinton blantently abused his power on convicted criminals /not once, but by the Gross! Go Huckabee!!!

    December 6, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. David - Oregon City, Oregon

    It has been reported that Governor Huckabee released, pardoned, or granted parole to convicted rapist Wayne Dumond. That is not true. It's interesting that Wayne Dumond's name only surfaces during an election year for Governor Huckabee. In 2002, his Democrat opponent in the midst of the general election made a political issue out the entire thing. Arkansas voters didn't buy this false attack from the Democrat in 2002 and re-elected Governor Huckabee to another term as Governor of Arkansas.

    December 6, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Bob, Walnut Creek, CA

    So Gomer Pyle is running for president I see.

    December 6, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. NO DEMS'LA.


    December 7, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. Rick, Chicago Illinois


    How did the comment from NO DEMS'LA get moderated and posted when he sent his post in a full ... TWENTY FOUR HOURS .... AFTER ... mine?

    Hmmm ... and why is it you have no problem posting all the ignorant stuff from Tom in Dedham, Mass?

    Why, oh why, might that be?

    Do tell wont you?

    I know you have my email addy on file ... drop just me a line and lemme know!

    December 8, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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