In the last election, Gov. Mike Huckabee, aside from being a fundie to the point of distraction, suffered mightily in the press over his complicitness in an infamous pardon gaft. It seems he reduced the sentence of one Maurice Clemmons to make him eligible for parole (somehow, sentencing a 17 year old kid to 108 years in prison seemed a bit harsh). He reduced it to 47 years ( a couple of hockey seasons, right?) which kicked in the parole process. The parole board then grabbed the ball, and unanimously moved to release him after 11 years served. Well, turns out that was not a great move as Clemmons was a very bad dude. He moves to the state of Washington and commences to go medevil on the populace, committing 8 more felonies (that he was charged with), is in and out of the system despite the parole board in Washington warning that he was “highly likely to re offend”, then goes and kills 4 cops .
Huckabee took a lot of heat over this, which I thought at the time was pretty ridiculous. Clemmons fell through monstrous cracks in the judicial system, but Huck was an easy target.
Well, our newest GOP hat thrower is now having similar problems
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty urged prosecutors Wednesday to open a perjury investigation against a pardoned sex offender now facing new molestation charges in a case that could pose problems for the Republican’s presidential ambitions.
Pawlenty asked two county attorneys to investigate whether Jeremy Giefer, 36, of Vernon Center, lied on his application for a pardon, which requires the petitioner to swear he’s been law-abiding. Pawlenty’s administration also suspended the day care license of Giefer’s wife, effective Wednesday, saying, “the health, safety, and rights of children in your care are in imminent risk of harm.”
Pawlenty chaired the three-person board that issued the pardon in 2008, more than a decade after Giefer pleaded guilty to having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend and getting her pregnant when he was 19.
You can read about the unfolding events there, but to me, this is really small potatoes and if this is the best the MSM and the Dem dirt diggers can find, this won’t be bad for Pawlenty.
A 19 year old having sex with a 14 year old, not real outlandish and happens all the time. Is there anyone in the civilized world (leaving out those nutty Sharia followers) that did not know someone in high school, a freshmen dating a senior? this kind of banging comes on all the time. Is it illegal? sure, along with a thousand other things that go on with regularity. But this was not just a case of some senior hosing some younger girl, they were in love, as evidenced by the nuptials that followed. Pawlenty, along with two other guys, thought he did sufficient time and all 3 unanimously voted to pardon.
Now the pardon process is an old and cherished tradition recognized world wide as a means or forgiveness and to lesson a penalty.
The pardon power of the President extends only to offenses cognizable under federal law. However, the governors of most of the 50 states have the power to grant pardons or reprieves for offenses under state criminal law.
Parole boards always take heat for some of the decisions they make, but that is part of the process. Some inmates do deserve parole, and to think that every criminal should serve every day of their sentence is unrealistic, we got no more space in our prisons.
If Pawlenty prevails and gets the nomination, the MSM will try to hang this doggie turd around his neck and over reach about bad judgment and so forth. I don’t buy it, keep digging.