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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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To: ScottinVA
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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To: Crichton
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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To: ScottinVA

“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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To: ScottinVA

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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To: ScottinVA
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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To: ScottinVA

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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To: ScottinVA

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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To: ScottinVA
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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To: ScottinVA

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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To: ScottinVA

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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To: trumandogz
If a Democratic governor has pardoned a wife-murderer, the AP would not have mentioned his party affiliation.

The Democratic legislature & governor of North Carolina passed legislation - the "Racial Justice Act" - that allows every death row inmate to sue to have their sentences overturned - and every one of them is suing. Regardless of the race of the murderer or victim or judge or jury, the system is biased and one way or another the convict got a raw deal and should be released (or whatever).

The new Republican legislature repealed the law, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed it, and they are a few votes short on the veto override.

21 posted on 01/09/2012 12:15:42 PM PST by Crichton
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To: ScottinVA

From a Clarion ledger article:

“In 1993, David Glenn Gatlin leveled a gun at the head of his wife, Tammy, and killed her while she held their 2-month-old child, then turned the gun on family friend Randy Walker and shot him in the head as well. Walker survived.

Gatlin was convicted in 1994 in Rankin County and given life for murder, 20 years for aggravated assault and 10 years for residential burglary. He has been a trusty at the Governor’s Mansion since Nov. 19, 2009, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ Website.”


22 posted on 01/09/2012 12:23:48 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: ScottinVA

So this guy does 18 years in the big house. I’m guessing was a model prisoner the entire time, otherwise he wouldn’t have been in minimum security and on detail to the governor’s mansion.

Do you believe in rehabilitation or do you feel our prisons are for retribution? I know very little about the case but guess the original sentence was 15 years to life, otherwise he wouldn’t have been getting annual parole hearings.


23 posted on 01/09/2012 12:24:03 PM PST by RC51
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To: Busywhiskers

There needs to be a mob outside of the Governor’s mansion.


24 posted on 01/09/2012 12:25:21 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RC51
Do you believe in rehabilitation or do you feel our prisons are for retribution?

Punishment and safety of society from the criminal, FIRST. Rehab is secondary, IMO.

25 posted on 01/09/2012 12:28:25 PM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.)
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To: ScottinVA
inmate trusty
releasing the trusties

This a national journalist ??

Should be trustee not trusty
and trustees not trusties

26 posted on 01/09/2012 12:31:19 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: Crichton

And in Texas over the last year, there have been at least two cases where further evidence was found which exonerated people who were convicted of murder.

In at least one case, Anthony Graves did 18 years on Death Row for a murder he did not commit and twice reached his date with the executioner.

There needs to be some system to review Death Row cases as we cannot be a society that executes innocent people.

However, this guy is Mississippi is not innocent and should have been left in prison to rot.


27 posted on 01/09/2012 12:31:32 PM PST by trumandogz (Rick Perry Scored 10% on the Iowa Test.)
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To: ScottinVA

Barbour must be good friends with Huckabeeee


28 posted on 01/09/2012 12:31:32 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: ScottinVA

A cuckold husband can be dangerous, ladies.
....”till death do us part” ???


29 posted on 01/09/2012 12:32:43 PM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: ScottinVA

David Gatlin and the eyes of a murderer.

30 posted on 01/09/2012 12:35:02 PM PST by trumandogz (Rick Perry Scored 10% on the Iowa Test.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
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.

If the Parole Board's position on the matter wasn't factored in, that system has a major flaw.

31 posted on 01/09/2012 12:39:50 PM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
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.

In the immortal words of "President" Schwarzenegger, "I was elected to lead, not to read."

32 posted on 01/09/2012 12:42:19 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Busywhiskers

“Gee...it’s like a mob is forming on this thread.”

And there should be.

And if a Democratic governor had pardoned a cold blooded murderer like David Gatlin, this thread would have hundreds of posts condemning his actions.


33 posted on 01/09/2012 12:59:26 PM PST by trumandogz (Rick Perry Scored 10% on the Iowa Test.)
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To: Crichton
Pardons should be reserved for cases where the punishment doesn't fit the crime, particularly for relatively petty offenses.

Exactly...like a few Border Patrol agents & SW border ranchers who've been railroaded over the past several years. Of course, that's federal, but the principle holds.

One other instance is a person who has served their time, and been out & clean for a long period, but still has an otherwise incurable loss of rights attached.

34 posted on 01/09/2012 1:01:02 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (I prefer Crony Capitalism to Crony Judicialism...unless it's MY crony on the bench)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Mississippi state board of pardons and paroles are who recommends pardons to the governor, after they conduct an investigation.


You mean the same people, who just 2 weeks ago turned him down for parole, recommended he be pardoned? Something doesn’t smell right.


35 posted on 01/09/2012 1:05:13 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (I prefer Crony Capitalism to Crony Judicialism...unless it's MY crony on the bench)
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To: Crichton
If a Democratic governor has pardoned a wife-murderer, the AP would not have mentioned his party affiliation. run the story, since it is a "dog bites man" story and therefore not news.
36 posted on 01/09/2012 1:08:39 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: ScottinVA

So much for Barbour’s presidential ambitions.


37 posted on 01/09/2012 1:15:41 PM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: trumandogz
There needs to be some system to review Death Row cases as we cannot be a society that executes innocent people.

The only way to be entirely sure is to abolish the death penalty.

Just like the only way to avoid unjust incarceration is to abolish prison terms.

Heck, why do we even bother with a justice system at all? Nothing will ever be perfect!

38 posted on 01/09/2012 1:21:33 PM PST by Crichton
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To: RC51

I believe in retribution STRONGLY.
“Rehabilitation” is, at best, a hit or miss sort of thing. But the victims or their families deserve the satisfaction of revenge since they don’t get to take it themselves.


39 posted on 01/09/2012 1:23:44 PM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: ScottinVA
All the posters on this thread belong to the:

Find a Flaw Destroy the Conservative Brigade (FFDCB)

They report directly to the White House for their next secret mission.

40 posted on 01/09/2012 1:24:54 PM PST by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: Crichton

“Nothing will ever be perfect!”

We have had people in the US who have been moments away from execution for a crime that they did not commit and it is not unlikely that we have executed people for crimes that they did not commit.

While, I am not at all opposed to capital punishment, I favor a better system to review death row cases.


41 posted on 01/09/2012 1:28:32 PM PST by trumandogz (Rick Perry Scored 10% on the Iowa Test.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Go to hell, Barbour.

lol. This is the guy that was touted as Presidential material. Why is it that we aim for these losers all the time? FR wanted Brown, Barbour, Haley, Condi, and so many other just to be slapped in the face. We will NEVER learn. They are talking Tebow as President in 2032. But how can we have him as President when we don’t even really know him. It makes ZERO sense to me.


42 posted on 01/09/2012 1:34:39 PM PST by napscoordinator (Go Rick! Go Rick! Go Newt! Let's get 'er done.)
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To: ScottinVA

Most likely David has pictures of Gov. Haley Barbour in bed with a young boy....


43 posted on 01/09/2012 1:47:42 PM PST by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Sorry. That excuse doesn’t cut it. Any governor should know everything about someone he’s pardoning.
Besides, the parole board denied the guy’s parole just a week or two before the pardon.


44 posted on 01/09/2012 1:56:35 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Crichton
The only way to be entirely sure is to abolish the death penalty......Just like the only way to avoid unjust incarceration is to abolish prison terms.

I am pro-death penalty (because some crimes are really that bad) but your comparison/'argument' is laughable. You see, one can be unjustly incarcerated and released. Coming back from death is, however, a little on the harder side.

To be fair, I believe your point is based along the lines of Judicial discretion. Unfortunately, in your attempts at being dramatic, you lost the point completely.
45 posted on 01/09/2012 1:56:59 PM PST by kroll
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46 posted on 01/09/2012 1:58:26 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: RC51

He should have been hanged.


47 posted on 01/09/2012 1:59:00 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: donna

I take it that you agree with the governor’s position.


48 posted on 01/09/2012 2:02:59 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: kroll
You see, one can be unjustly incarcerated and released.

The injustice cannot be undone. Say you get a 10 year spell for bank robbery. After you get out, they realize you're innocent. Oops! Can't get those 10 years of your life back.

Consider life imprisonment as a replacement for the death penalty: maybe the prisoner dies in prison, gets shanked or whatever, dies of old age, loses the prime of his life, whatever. Oops! wrongly convicted! No matter that he's dead or lost 20 years freedom or became Bubba's girlfriend, it's okay now.

The risk is always there. Always. No system is perfect, but justice demands that justice be done.

49 posted on 01/09/2012 2:04:02 PM PST by Crichton
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To: Vinnie
Should be trustee not trusty

When I was a trustee I was given a shirt with a little patch on it that read "Trusty." When I mentioned to the guard that trusty was misspelled I was told to shut my stupid mouth. I guess journalists are just a dumb as "corrections" officers.
50 posted on 01/09/2012 2:10:05 PM PST by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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