November 30th, 2009
09:30 AM ET
10 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.

“The 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. Mike

    Extremely sad, but the reality is that we have too many guns available in our country. However, I'm certain the NRA and many right wing politicians would say, if the restaurant patronage were armed, then perhaps they might have been able to aid the police. We live in a very violent country where the senseless use of guns will rule, regardless of the toll it takes. America,it's time to wake up and put some very strict gun controls in place. We are quickly moving down a very slippery slope and can only expect much more of this type of violence unless we come to our senses.

    November 30, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Gerald Waller

    Would like to know all the details that led to his release.

    November 30, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Ken in Gainesville

    Just think if then Governor Clinton had been responsible. Then Mr. Huckabee and his FOX buddies would be screaming like banshees. The fact is, this kind of thing happens regardless of political affiliation. Tough on violent crime? Naw, it's easier to rail against welfare Cadillac moms and ACORN transgressions.

    November 30, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. John

    Former Governor Mike Huckabee needs to accept responsibility for granting clemancy to this murderer. This was a senseless act by a criminal that should have still been behind bars.

    You have lost my vote for the presidency if you decide to run.

    November 30, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Navy Vet

    I like in his comment how he conveniently left out that Huckabee is the one who commuted his sentence..

    Nice ommission there Huckabee.

    November 30, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. John

    Does the name Willy Horton ring a bell with anyone. The republicans (intentionally not capitalized) used it to clobber Mike Dukakis when he ran for president. Huckabee, the republican, does not get a free pass for having released such a monster on America. Once again when the Democrat does it, it is a huge error in judgment, but when a republican does it it is the systems fault. If Huckabee runs for president, I hope they beat him down to a 5% approval rating with this incomparable error in judgment.

    November 30, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The governemnt dropped the ball on this. They should have never released Clemmons in the first place. In the words of Young Jeezy, "Some real G ish/now that's really unheard of/when you get more time for selling crack than murder."

    November 30, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. John

    The only problem in the Justice System is that a moron like Huckabee is allowed to commute a sentence like this. The burden of these four senseless deaths is upon Huckabee as much as anyone. If the sentence had not been set-a-side then the killer would still be behind bars. The people and the judges gave this violent man 95 years and that's exaclty what they intended.

    November 30, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. TRC in Mpls.

    Nice. They gave him 95 years to begin with for a REASON!! One doesn't get a 95 year sentence if one hasn't committed some pretty serious crimes. How on earth is it that the parole board recommended a commutation and Huckabee authorized it? He should not be President. He's not tough enough.

    November 30, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. chiswald

    Try and hold on to your T.V. show gig at Fox News, Mike, because your decision to commute the new "Willie Horton" has sunk your chances of seeking any elected office.

    November 30, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Steve Trauman

    Hey Mike,

    You and your administration screwed up. Don't run for any publc office.

    What the GOP did with Willie Horton is mild compared to your exposure.

    November 30, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Bill

    Nice job, Huck. Remember when that idiot Dukakis furloughed a prisoner and he murdered someone over a weekend? The Republitards were up in arms over that one. My guess is they will minimize and distance on this one.

    November 30, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. a little sad

    Gee, who do you think will use this first in an attack ad, if he decides to run in 2012?

    November 30, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Aspen Professor

    That a way Mike Huckabee! Yet another screw up by the Republicans. This time the NO Party representative said NO to a 95 year sentence for a man with a long-long-long list of violent offenses.

    Did I miss an apology to the families of the 4 dead police officers in your remarks Hukky ole boy? Maybe we will get a joint apology from Hukky and Palin? His for the commutation of a sentence and hers covering her lies about "death panels"?

    November 30, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Silence Dogoode

    This is why the death penalty is 100% effective. The justice system should never have released this person in the first place, however let's place the blame where the blame is due...the person who decided to pull the trigger is the one to blame.

    November 30, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Outraged!

    Don't blame the parole board, accept responsibility like a man...you paroled a man who is now suspected of being a cold blooded cop killer.

    November 30, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. don

    What is wrong with the system in Arkansas? The prosecutor should not have let him og on parole violation and neither should the Govenor have approved his original release. With decisions such as that who wants him for president

    November 30, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Ben in Texas

    Willie Horton, updated for 2012 and the Repugnant Party. This will be payback for the Dukakis loss, which cost America 4 years of the first Bush crime family regime. Huckabee sees the writing on the wall and is back-peddling on his presidential aspirations.

    So, who's left to run against Obama?

    1. Romney, who can't pass the religious litmus test of his own party.
    2. Palin, whom 2/3 of the country have vowed never to vote for.
    3. Giuliani, who has severe problems with the religious right base.
    4. Ensign, Sanford, and others who have already cooked their own gooses.
    5. Some wildcard as yet undiscovered, even now rising from some swamp in Mississippi.

    In any case, the party is so far to the right now that no one they could nominate will have any chance to beat Obama, who by that time will have shown that he can begin to repair the damage left by the W regime. I predict that the Repugnant Party will splinter before 2012.

    November 30, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Doug

    So much for Mike Huckabee's presidential aspirations. Good news for Palin and for Republicans in general as they do like them dumb.

    November 30, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. mjm

    "Clemmons had been in jail in Pierce County for the past several months on a pending charge of second-degree rape of a child. He was released from custody just six days ago, even though was staring at seven additional felony charges in Washington state"

    Huckabee has nothing to do with this no matter how bad liberals try to convince people otherwise.

    November 30, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Rahul

    Huckabee is a coward who cares more about his political aspirations and tv show then admitting any fault in this tragic incident. He acts like his hand was forced to commute Clemmons. The GOP with Palin and Huckabee as its stars is a complete joke now. My thoughts go out to the officers' family in this inexcusable tragedy.

    November 30, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Marshall

    Two words "Wille Horton." What goes around comes around? As Arkansas Governor, Huckabee gave clemency to a man sentenced to 95 years in prison. that man later killed four cops.

    Not Huckabee's fault of course, and what Willie Horton did subsequently was not Dukakis' either, not that this mattered one second to Lee Atwater and George Herbert Walker Bush.

    So lets see how consistent the Republicans will be here.

    I can already guess.

    November 30, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. palin is failin

    ...oh and by the way, im the idiot that let him go. Have a nice day – Mike

    November 30, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Macho Macho

    I like the way China does it!
    America's justice system is broken as is our penal system. We should enact death penalties for specific types of violent crimes like, child molestation, rape, gang activities and first degree murder. The good people in the world should not be forced to pay and provide for the perpetually wicked evil doers whose victims often never have a chance to their good lives. The world has limited resources, if these criminals cannot live within society's rules and laws then my vote is we recycle them!

    November 30, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. dru

    Not to cause a stir.. as neither are desirable.. But the murder of a child is worse!!

    November 30, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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