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  • Haley Barbour Wants to Let Convicted Murderers Go Hunting

    Mississippi governor and onetime possible presidential candidate Haley Barbour wears his cholesterol-filled heart on his sleeve. He's a true compassionate conservative, not like those other southern governors who execute children for sport.

    So before leaving office on Tuesday, Barbour made sure to pardon some murderers

    A Mississippi judge barred the state Wednesday from releasing prisoners newly pardoned by former Governor Haley Barbour, a conservative Republican who outraged some by granting clemency to more than 200 convicts as he was leaving office…

    Among those pardoned were four murderers who had been allowed to work at the governor's mansion doing odd jobs because of good prison behavior…

    "The pardons were intended to allow them to find gainful employment or acquire professional licenses as well as hunt and vote," Barbour said in a statement.

    See, that’s all. Barbour just wants to let a few convicted murderers roam around a desolate forest with their friends, carrying rifles and slaying large mammals. I can't imagine what all the fuss is about. Denying a killer the right to hunt would be like denying a shoplifter the right to wear baggy clothes, or a rapist the right to use Axe body spray. It's just not fair.

    And as Barbour himself said, hunting and voting are practically the same thing. Preventing convicted murderers from shooting animals is a violation of their civil rights. Remember what the great Martin Luther King Jr. once said: Men should be judged not by the color of their skin, but the color of their deer hide.

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    Tags: Crime, Haley Barbour, Mississippi, Pardons, Prison
  • Quote Unquote: Billy the Kid Just Can't Catch a Break

    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson gives his reasoning for the very important decision he made today

    "I've decided not to pardon Billy the Kid because of a lack of conclusiveness and the historical ambiguity as to why Governor Wallace reneged on his pardon."

    I can't really come up with a better response to this than commenter Not Adam Schramm, so I'll just let him carry this one

    "I guess if he decides to run for office again in the future he doesn't want to get a reputation for being soft on 130 years-dead criminals."


    Tags: Bill Richardson, New Mexico, Pardons, Quote Unquote
  • The Decision of Bill Richardson's Career — Should He Give Billy the Kid a Governor's Pardon?

    Former presidential contender and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has some incredibly important governoring to get done before he leaves office at the end of this week.

    It's the hard decisions like trying to decide whether or not cowboys who died more than a hundred years should be pardoned of their cowboy crimes that separate the governors from average nobodies like you and me

    Richardson, a Billy the Kid buff, is looking at an old promise by another governor, and not the Kid's cold-blooded reputation, in deciding whether to issue a posthumous pardon, officials said…

    [Territorial Gov. Lew Wallace] had promised to grant Bonney amnesty for the fatal shooting of Lincoln County Sheriff William Brady and other "misdeeds" if he agreed to testify before a grand jury investigating another murder. Bonney cooperated, but the pardon didn't happen…

    "I think he will take the responses into account, particularly the learned responses," Richardson's deputy chief of staff, Eric Witt, said Wednesday.

    Oh my! I hope those "learned responses" are "learned" enough. I would hate to imagine Gov. Richardson being forced to make a decision like this without the very pinnacle of cowboy expertise at his disposal.


    Tags: Bill Richardson, Crime, Pardons
  • George Bush Commutes Sentence on Two Heroes of Anti-Mexicanism

    Not quite sure what to make of this

    In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.

    Bush's decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.

    A lot of people on the right wanted Bush to grant to two men — who were heroic enough to shoot a man "in self defense" while he was running away from them — full pardons. I don't know what it means that he just commuted the remainder of their prison terms.

    But Ben Smith says

    The commutations of Jose Campean and Ignacio Ramos are a gesture of solidarity with an anti-immigration base unable or unwilling to mobilize effectively for the GOP in November, and perhaps another blow to the party's collapsing relationship with Hispanic voters.

    Yeah, because he really needs to sure up that support in his last few hours of office.


    Tags: Drugs, George W. Bush, Mexico, Pardons