Skip to comments.Miss. Gov. Barbour pardons convicted murderer
Posted on 01/09/2012 11:45:04 AM PST by ScottinVA
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's pardon of a convicted murderer who worked as an inmate trusty at the Governor's Mansion came two weeks after the man was denied parole by a state board.
A letter to one of the victims in the case said the Mississippi Parole Board turned down 40-year-old David Gatlin on Dec. 27. The letter, dated Jan. 4 and obtained by The Associated Press, did not explain why the Parole Board rejected Gatlin's parole request. It said he was due for another parole hearing in October.
Shannon Warnock, chair of the parole board, didn't immediately respond to a message Monday.
Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Suzanne Singletary said Gatlin was released Sunday after being pardoned by Barbour, a Republican who leaves office Tuesday at the end of his second term.
Barbour's office did not respond Sunday and Monday to messages about the pardon. He has said in the past that releasing the trusties who live and work at the mansion is a tradition in Mississippi that goes back decades. Trusties are prisoners who earn privileges through good behavior.
Still, the move angered the victim's relatives and others.
Gatlin was sentenced to life in prison for killing his estranged wife, Tammy Ellis Gatlin, in 1993, and shooting her long-time friend, Randy Walker. Walker survived. The shootings took place in Brandon, Miss.
Walker's mother, Glenda Walker, said Monday that her son is afraid now that Gatlin is free.
"I have to watch him be almost paranoid when people knock on his door," she said Monday in a phone interview.
Walker said Gatlin shot his estranged wife while she was holding their young baby, then shot Randy Walker in the head.
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Scumbag republican alert.
Evidently, the inmate was a successful butler (or whatever). To Barbour, that trumps a murder conviction.
Yet more evidence that an executive’s power to pardon must not be absolute.
Well... good behavior would've kept them out of prison to start with. The guy MURDERED HIS WIFE!!!! Would Barbour have pardoned O.J.?
Obviously this is not such a case.
Exactly! Scooter Libbey could be pardoned; not so for a wife killer.
Go to hell, Barbour.
“Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Suzanne Singletary said Gatlin was released Sunday after being pardoned by Barbour, a Republican who leaves office Tuesday at the end of his second term.”
Look at that, right there is the middle of the 4th paragraph, the AP has to mention that Barbour is a Republican.
If a Democratic governor has pardoned a wife-murderer, the AP would not have mentioned his party affiliation.
What state in its right mind would allow a convicted murderer to do work outside a prison wall? Geez. Really?
But again, that does not seem to be the case here, and -- this will mark me as hopelessly discriminatory -- I can't see pardoning a man who killed a woman, particularly his wife.
In what insane world does this make sense?
I am very disappointed in Mr. Barbour. I will endeavor to remember this when he announces he is seeking higher office.
Gee...it’s like a mob is forming on this thread.
Is this his Huckabee moment? Such pardons are foolishness.
Justice, in this case, appears to not only be blind, but deaf, dumb and high on crack...
Although I pray God pardons the guy if he has repented (as obviously Barbour believes), but the job of the Governor is to protect the public by keeping murderers and rapists in prision for as long as possible.
This is sending a message to the parole board and before long, we will have serial murderers released on the public like the good old days of total liberalism and it’s revolving doors.
Huckster did the same thing and one (at least) of the perps he releassed murdered cops eating in a resturant in Washington State after his release.
I suspect all of Barbour’s input was a signature. The decision of who is a trustee, who will work at the governor’s mansion, and often, who will be pardoned is just sent to the governor, who knows little or nothing about the criminal case.
Right at the end of this .pdf file, it explains that the Mississippi state board of pardons and paroles are who recommends pardons to the governor, after they conduct an investigation.
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