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Miss. Gov. Barbour pardons convicted murderer
Associated Press ^ | 9 Jan 2012 | Holbrook Mohr

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: barbour; crime; haleybarbour; mississippi; murderer
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Some here on FR were pimping Barbour for President. To pardon someone who murdered his estranged wife while she held their 6-month-old son tells me Barbour lacks good judgment. WTH was he thinking???
1 posted on 01/09/2012 11:45:08 AM PST by ScottinVA
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To: ScottinVA

Halley Huckibie.


2 posted on 01/09/2012 11:47:56 AM PST by stockpirate (Romney and Ann Coulture are Big Government socialists, just like other republican elites.)
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To: ScottinVA

Scumbag republican alert.


3 posted on 01/09/2012 11:50:26 AM PST by stockpirate (Romney and Ann Coulture are Big Government socialists, just like other republican elites.)
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To: ScottinVA

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.


4 posted on 01/09/2012 11:51:37 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: ScottinVA
Trusties are prisoners who earn privileges through good behavior.

Well... good behavior would've kept them out of prison to start with. The guy MURDERED HIS WIFE!!!! Would Barbour have pardoned O.J.?

5 posted on 01/09/2012 11:51:50 AM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.)
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Pardons should be reserved for cases where the punishment doesn't fit the crime, particularly for relatively petty offenses.

Obviously this is not such a case.

6 posted on 01/09/2012 11:51:57 AM PST by Crichton
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Pardons should be reserved for cases where the punishment doesn't fit the crime, particularly for relatively petty offenses.

Exactly! Scooter Libbey could be pardoned; not so for a wife killer.

7 posted on 01/09/2012 11:54:11 AM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.)
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To: ScottinVA

Go to hell, Barbour.


8 posted on 01/09/2012 11:58:18 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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“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.


9 posted on 01/09/2012 12:00:38 PM PST by trumandogz (Rick Perry Scored 10% on the Iowa Test.)
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What state in its right mind would allow a convicted murderer to do work outside a prison wall? Geez. Really?


10 posted on 01/09/2012 12:04:58 PM PST by NTegraT (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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I guess I can see the argument for pardoning a killer whose crime was not premeditated, as such 'crimes of passion' are likely to be one-time aberrations.

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.

11 posted on 01/09/2012 12:06:22 PM PST by Crichton
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To: ScottinVA
Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps told the AP for a 2008 story that the inmates who end up working at the Governor's Mansion are often convicted murderers because they are the ones who serve long enough sentences to build the trust needed for such a task.

In what insane world does this make sense?

12 posted on 01/09/2012 12:06:52 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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I am very disappointed in Mr. Barbour. I will endeavor to remember this when he announces he is seeking higher office.


13 posted on 01/09/2012 12:07:26 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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Gee...it’s like a mob is forming on this thread.


14 posted on 01/09/2012 12:08:25 PM PST by Busywhiskers ("Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" -Dan Gable)
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He is my governor and I would never vote for him for any office ever again. He is a corporatist... he is anti PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS and he has a history of freeing convicted murderers of the most heinous kind.

LLS

15 posted on 01/09/2012 12:08:52 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (obamao... ...the bastard son of a hippie slut and a drunk communist British Kenyan!)
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Is this his Huckabee moment? Such pardons are foolishness.


16 posted on 01/09/2012 12:09:05 PM PST by newzjunkey (Just say no to the big gov't, neocon, socon statist.)
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To: ScottinVA

Justice, in this case, appears to not only be blind, but deaf, dumb and high on crack...


17 posted on 01/09/2012 12:13:19 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: ScottinVA

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.


18 posted on 01/09/2012 12:14:10 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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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.

http://is.gd/Kfv81l

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.


19 posted on 01/09/2012 12:14:48 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: newzjunkey
His sorry arse is gone tomorrow. Phil Bryant is our new governor...a man that ran against many things that the progressive and fatassed haley barbour was in favor of. We actually will have a governor that will sign Eminent Domain reform and he is against the new Internet tax that haley was pushing.haley is pure fat trash.

LLS

20 posted on 01/09/2012 12:15:03 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (obamao... ...the bastard son of a hippie slut and a drunk communist British Kenyan!)
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