November 30th, 2009
09:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee responds to Washington shootings

(CNN) - Mike Huckabee released a statement Sunday night amid news the former Arkansas governor commuted the sentence of Maurice Clemmons, the man suspected of fatally shooting four Washington state police officers.

β€œThe senseless and savage execution of police officers in Washington State has saddened the nation, and early reports indicate that a person of interest is a repeat offender who once lived in Arkansas and was wanted on outstanding warrants here and Washington State.

The murder of any individual is a profound tragedy, but the murder of a police officer is the worst of all murders in that it is an assault on every citizen and the laws we live within. Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State.

He was recommended for and received a commutation of his original sentence from 1990. This commutation making him parole eligible and was paroled by the parole board once they determined he met the conditions at that time. He was arrested later for parole violation and taken back to prison to serve his full term, but prosecutors dropped the charges that would have held him.

It appears that he has continued to have a string of criminal and psychotic behavior but was not kept incarcerated by either state.This is a horrible and tragic event and if found and convicted the offender should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Our thoughts and prayers are and should be with the families of those honorable, brave, and heroic police officers.”


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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Clint

    If Clemmons is the murderer your career is over Mike. Just ask Mike Dukakis. And you are from the law and order party. Great judgment.

    November 30, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. lovable liberal

    Does this mean the Huckabee commuted the sentence?

    November 30, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Wow the right-wing media is so quiet on this one,if this was a Democrat this story will be all over the media you can bet on that.

    November 30, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Bpin

    It is not politically correct to keep a dangerous repeat offender in prison, especially a minority. If a minority, there is always a reason why they are dangerous. Someone besides them is responsible. We have two recent examples of it. The Ft. Hood slayer, who gave us every sign that he was radical and dangerous, and now this guy. There will be many more as long as being politically correct is the way we operate. We had rather protect the dangerous through being politically correct than protect the innocent who pays for it. Never tell it like it is. That is dangerous in our new socialist society.

    November 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. An Independent

    This is the second time this year that we hear Governor Huckabee released or paroled someone early and they go on to rape and Kill again. Great Job, Governor. See you on the 2012 campaign trial.

    November 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Joshua College Station Texas

    Hmm, sounds like Huckabee is passing the buck on the sentence commutation thing.

    November 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Grim

    Dump the blame on someone else. Way to go Huckster! You are right-wing scum.

    November 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Mike Duckabee

    Mr. Huckabee, you can spin it all you want but you were the first in the chain of failures. No respect for you what so ever, you should have just come out and said, I made a mistake and I'm sorry. But no you deflect and put the blame on everyone else.

    November 30, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. chelle

    Hmmmm does the name Michael Dukakis ring a bell there Republicans??? Or are we about to hear more hypocrisy from the GOP? Ohhhh silly me – of course we was all Mr. Dukakis' fault but poor Mike Huckabee was just acting on advice....

    November 30, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. not alone

    Sorry mike you can't spin your way out of this one. You let a hardend convited violent offender go free and set him lose on America. A jury handed him a 95 year sentence for some reason and you played the Christian saved card to free a mass murderer and pedifile,Nice work might wana let your campain staff know they need to find other work.Does the election of 1988 ring any bells? karma can do strange things sometimes. My heart does go out to the familys' of those officers.

    November 30, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    should be put in a public place and hung by the neck until dead , send a message to other felons and stop baby setting prisoneers in prison. take away the special niceties and hold them accountable for there crime. all death row people if found convicted of a serious crime should be hung by the neck ,no more lethalinjections or electrical exicusions . straight up hang by the neck . alot cheaper and make the hanging device portable . so you can take it to any state that needs to use it ,in a public place . start taking back our rights and keep us safe from people who do not care about human life . πŸ™‚

    November 30, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Jay

    As a Republican you are against gun-control and you also commuted this murderer's sentence. I think the world would've been better off if you had been on the other side of those actions. Typical Republican filth. Please the few and wrong the many.

    People mention that you may run in 2012. You weren't qualified to win in 2008...why would you be in 2012?

    November 30, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Dan in NJ

    How convienent that he leaves out the little factoid that he was the one who commuted the sentence.

    November 30, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Razorback

    Commuting the sentence of a violent criminal-Huck may be a liberal in disguise!

    November 30, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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