Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Huckabee's Willie Horton

I have been waiting for this shoe to drop on Mike Huckabee. I should have know the MSM would wait until Huck stepped into the spotlight as he has in Iowa.
ACT 1:While awaiting trial for raping a 17 year old girl, masked men broke into Wayne DuMond's house and allegedly castrated him. Convicted in 1985, he was sentenced to life +20 years. When Clinton ran in 1992, the case drew a lot of attention due to the relation between the victim and then-Governor Bill Clinton A lot of people felt sympathy towards DuMond and felt he got a raw deal from the criminal justice system.

ACT 2: The girl is a distant cousin of Bill Clinton.DuMond's sentence had been set at life in prison, plus 20 years. In 1992, Clinton's successor in the Arkansas governor's mansion, Jim Guy Tucker, reduced that sentence to 39 years, making DuMond eligible for parole. When Huckabee became governor in 1996, he expressed doubts about DuMond's guilt and said he was considering commuting his sentence to time served. After the victim and her supporters protested, Huckabee decided against commutation. But in 1997, according to the Kansas City Star, Huckabee wrote a letter to DuMond saying "my desire is that you be released from prison." Less than a year later, DuMond was granted parole. Huckabee's office denied that the governor played a role in the parole board's decision, but there was evidence (exhaustively detailed here) to contradict that claim.
ACT 3:DuMond's release was delayed because a number of states did not want to take him in, but he left prison in 1999 and ended up in Missouri. Not long after he arrived, he was arrested again - this time for sexually assaulting and murdering a woman named Carol Sue Shields. DuMond was also the leading suspect in the rape and murder of another woman. He was convicted of murdering Shields and died in prison in 2005.

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