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December 2nd, 2009
10:13 AM ET

The Clemmons/Clemency Controversy

The manhunt ended yesterday, with a police officer's fatal bullets.
But the controversy over Maurice Clemmons' rap sheet outlives him.

He'd been sentenced to 100+ years in prison for a crime spree in the late '80s. So by all rights, Clemmons should've been behind bars Sunday - when he allegedly ambushed and killed four Seattle-area cops.

In 2000, though, then-Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee granted him clemency. Clemmons would be one of 1,033 prisoners who were pardoned or had their sentences commuted while Gov. Huckabee was in office. The combined clemency record of his three immediate predecessors: 507.

Kyra talked to the prosecutor who put Maurice Clemmons behind bars in 1989.



soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Clemency should be left for Thanks Giving Turkeys only. when people have enough hatred in them to commit a crime as severe as this man did then they should rott in the filthy bed they made for themselves.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  2. dennis linville

    Huckabee, the judges and parole boards that kept releasing this animal should be in jail as accessories! I read clemmons record,as much as we were allowed access to and it is uncomprendable how any sain person would think he should live much less be released on society!
    The real tradgeties here are all his victums were just considered of no value and it took killing 4 police officers to get true justice.The other is the 2 judges and parole board are hiding from comment so they must be feeling at least a tiny bit of the shame they should be feeling for the CRIMES they have committed but Huckabee is defending his involvment.scociopaths committ horific crimes with no feeling of right and wrong.Is this not a good discription of the #1 republican candidate for president? I didnt think the RNC could find a more repulsive pick than GW Bush but maybe Huckabee is their man!

    December 3, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    CNN, You appear to enjoy twisting the knife on former Governor Mike Huckabee's decision of clemency for Clemmens some 9 years before his shooting spree upon 4 Seattle Police officers.

    And yet, the News Media is ignoring the double standard on the Fort Hood Base Commander, Lt.Gen. Robert Cone who had the reports, complaints and documentation of Maj. Hasan MD. and was sending him into the war zone in Afghanistan?

    Why is this double standard being allowed? Why aren't you CNN applying the same delight in comparing Lt.Gen. Robert Cone ignoring the facts, reports and complaints and one of his own medical staff members goes on the largest killing spree of fratricide ever committed in the US Army?

    I do not believe that Maurice Clemmons had in fact committed the rape of a child. I believe the Seattle Police created that false charge on Maurice Clemmons to add to pending crimes to keep him locked up for a very long time.

    Maurice Clemmons knew full well how prisoners convicted of raping a child are treated in prison and went on his killing spree specifically for some payback.

    I don't blame any non-corrupt police enforcers for wanting Maurice Clemmons behind bars and off the streets. However, National News Media should definitely look into the charges of raping a child against Maurice Clemmons to see if those charges were in fact valid or completely trumped up by corrupt Seattle Police officers just to get him off the streets of Seattle.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Its just a good thing he didnt win the election along with a few others that have been discredited in the past year who ran for office.

    December 4, 2009 at 8:49 am |