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On way out, Mississippi governor pardons murderers
Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/9/12 | Robbie Ward

Posted on 01/09/2012 8:08:38 PM PST by Baynative

STARKVILLE, Miss., Jan 9 (Reuters) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers who worked at the Governor's Mansion, releasing them from prison in the final days of his term in office, state officials said on Monday.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: barbour; haleybarbour; mississippi; pardon; pardons
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This is the guy republicans were touting for president a few months ago. He also served as RNC chair.

The pardoned inmates included David Glenn Gatlin, who was denied parole in December on his conviction for shooting dead his estranged wife while she cradled their baby in 1993.

"He shot her in the head while she was holding a baby. He's a cold-blooded murderer," said Tiffany Ellis Brewer, the victim's sister.

...another convicted murderer who was pardoned by Governor Haley Barbour has barely been in prison. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for the murder of his wife Jennifer Bonds McCray. They had argued at a local cafe, he left, then came back and shot her in the back. She was the mother of two young children.

1 posted on 01/09/2012 8:08:49 PM PST by Baynative
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To: Baynative

WTF!!?
Is this true?


2 posted on 01/09/2012 8:13:23 PM PST by monkeypants (It's a Republic, if you can keep it.)
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To: LibLieSlayer; Baynative

It’s the lead story on the local news right now.

More pardons due before Noon tomorrow.

People are maaad about Haley Barbour’s pardon of this David Glenn Gatlin. Apparently, he did not have all the facts and if he did, he snubbed his nose at the victim’s family.

Shameful.


3 posted on 01/09/2012 8:14:36 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: monkeypants

Yes. It’s the lead story on our local news.


4 posted on 01/09/2012 8:15:16 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Baynative

“Barbour is due to leave office on Thursday.”

I guess I do not know but why is he leaving on Thursday?


5 posted on 01/09/2012 8:16:09 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: onyx

Wow...this guy is a first class turd...


6 posted on 01/09/2012 8:20:03 PM PST by monkeypants (It's a Republic, if you can keep it.)
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To: Baynative
"He shot her in the head while she was holding a baby. He's a cold-blooded murderer," said Tiffany Ellis Brewer, the victim's sister.

Very sad...I always thought highly of Gov. Barbour but it seems he has a softspot for murderers.

7 posted on 01/09/2012 8:20:19 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: Baynative

Hang on. Mississippi has some of the worst and most corrupt prosecutors in the nation. There have been quite a few bogus murder convictions. Hopefully, that’s what’s going on here.


8 posted on 01/09/2012 8:26:00 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Ding! Frog's done!)
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To: Baynative

Thank goodness he isn’t one of our Presidential candidates. What the heck is wrong with him? I thought he was a pretty good conservative Gov . . . guess I was WRONG.


9 posted on 01/09/2012 8:27:51 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Baynative

Thank goodness he isn’t one of our Presidential candidates. What the heck is wrong with him? I thought he was a pretty good conservative Gov . . . guess I was WRONG.


10 posted on 01/09/2012 8:27:51 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Baynative

If any of these guys even jaywalk then barbour might as well find a cave.....makes me sick


11 posted on 01/09/2012 8:28:51 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: monkeypants

Yep and I once was very high on this fat turd. NO MORE


12 posted on 01/09/2012 8:29:23 PM PST by lacey3900
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Well, I hope so, because color me shocked. I can’t wait to hear the rationale, and it better be sound.


13 posted on 01/09/2012 8:29:38 PM PST by Calliecat
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To: Carthego delenda est

His 2 terms as Governor are up.
New Governor was elected in November.


14 posted on 01/09/2012 8:30:33 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: monkeypants

No... its got to be the Onion.


15 posted on 01/09/2012 8:31:11 PM PST by Orange1998
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To: Forgotten Amendments

It’s not.


16 posted on 01/09/2012 8:32:43 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Baynative

Ms Citizens should run that lard a$$ back to his DC lobbying Firm. Maybe he and Loser Lott can be Roommates.


17 posted on 01/09/2012 8:40:55 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: onyx

He never lifted a finger for Cory Maye, did he?


18 posted on 01/09/2012 8:42:42 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Ding! Frog's done!)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

“Hang on. Mississippi has some of the worst and most corrupt prosecutors in the nation.

There have been quite a few bogus murder convictions. Hopefully, that’s what’s going on here.”

HANG ON?

Wow, the jawdropping stupidity around here never ceases to amaze.

“David Glenn Gatlin, a trustee inmate has been working at the governor’s mansion..”

David Glenn Gatlin blew his wife’s brains out point blank while she was holding a baby, and turned himself in and admitted his guilt.

http://www.wlbt.com/story/16472989/family-of-murder-victim-wants-answers-from-gov-barbour


19 posted on 01/09/2012 8:51:34 PM PST by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: Baynative

This looks really bad on the face of it, and it seems like a particularly nasty coincidence (if it is just a coincidence) that two of the four are convicted wife-killers. Barbour has much to answer for.


20 posted on 01/09/2012 8:53:04 PM PST by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Baynative

The last Republican Governor of Illinois commuted the sentences of ALL the death row inmates when he decided he was against capital punishment.

He’s in federal prison now...but can’t seem to get anyone to return the favor.


21 posted on 01/09/2012 8:53:47 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Baynative

Like Mississippi always says, “Thank God for Arkansas. We are #49!”.


22 posted on 01/09/2012 9:05:26 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: bigbob

Commute=/Pardon. And he was a Democrat. You expect that sort of thing out of them.


23 posted on 01/09/2012 9:09:56 PM PST by DrGunsforHands
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To: bigbob
The last Republican Governor of Illinois commuted the sentences of ALL the death row inmates when he decided he was against capital punishment.
He’s in federal prison now...but can’t seem to get anyone to return the favor.

Illinois, the only state in the Union where former Governor's make the license plates.
24 posted on 01/09/2012 9:10:47 PM PST by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Baynative

I’m actually thrilled with this...for one BIG reason...

The death penalty will suddenly be a hot topic as the contenders shift their focus to South Carolina.


25 posted on 01/09/2012 9:12:45 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: Baynative

Barbour will live to regret this.

It will result in more murders, just like Huckabee’s pardons did.


26 posted on 01/09/2012 9:26:10 PM PST by Palladin (Vote for Rick Santorum: He is a REAL Catholic.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Hang on.

What kind of cockeyed comment is this?

27 posted on 01/09/2012 9:49:09 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: jazusamo

This degree of contempt for justice is surprising, but the guy’s been souring on me for the last few years.


28 posted on 01/09/2012 10:19:10 PM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: Black Agnes

What the....?


29 posted on 01/09/2012 10:23:37 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: dragnet2
Try to read all four sentences.

Hang on. Mississippi has some of the worst and most corrupt prosecutors in the nation. There have been quite a few bogus murder convictions. Hopefully, that’s what’s going on here.

There have been very questionable convictions down there. There's a DA named Allgood who has already had FOUR convicted murderers turn out to be innocent. And there are others still in prison.

If a couple of these were among them, Barbour might be absolutely justified. I'd hate to think he's just doing this because they made friends on their work detail.

30 posted on 01/09/2012 10:24:25 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Ding! Frog's done!)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Try to read all four sentences. There have been very questionable convictions down there.

Tell me, how could this possibly be a questionable conviction? Either he did it or didn't, and he was convicted. Is there a defense for this I'm not aware of?

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"The pardoned inmates included David Glenn Gatlin, who was denied parole in December on his conviction for shooting dead his estranged wife while she cradled their baby in 1993."

"He shot her in the head while she was holding a baby. He's a cold-blooded murderer," said Tiffany Ellis Brewer, the victim's sister."

31 posted on 01/09/2012 10:40:22 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Maybe you should take a few minutes are read about this case instead of making excuses for politicians.

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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. [8]

David Glenn Gatlin, a trustee inmate has been working at the governor's mansion and is set to be released Sunday. A move that has the victim's family members angry and in fear for their lives. July 2nd, 1993, Gatlin turned himself in to authorities after he admitted killing his estranged wife, Tammy Ellis Gatlin and shooting/wounding Randy Walker.

"He has spent less time in jail than my little sister got to live. I don't know if Governor Barbour has kids but if one of his kids were murdered, I would like to think that he would want them to be put in prison until they died

The news station reports Gatlin turned himself in to authorities in 1993 and admitted killing his estranged wife

http://newsfeedresearcher.com/data/articles_n2/barbour-gatlin-macro.html

32 posted on 01/09/2012 10:51:18 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

I know about Gatlin! There’s three other cases too.


33 posted on 01/09/2012 10:54:44 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Ding! Frog's done!)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Who cares about the other cases.

This politician just pardoned David Glenn Gatlin, who was convicted for shooting to death his estranged wife while she cradled their baby, and shot a family friend in the head in 1993.

WTF are you talking about?

34 posted on 01/09/2012 10:59:11 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Baynative
And to think that some wanted this fat toad to run for President because he was a true Conservative. This is sure a fine FU to Mississippi as he is walking out the door.

Why do these elected officials feel compelled to overturn the rulings of jurors whenever they leave office. There is an appeals system in place to handle injustices.

35 posted on 01/09/2012 11:05:45 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Who cares about the other cases.

This politician just pardoned David Glenn Gatlin, who was convicted for shooting to death his estranged wife while she cradled their baby, and shot a family friend in the head as well in 1993. AND GATLIN ADMITTED TO THE CRIME.

Next time before burping up comments like, "Hang on" you should take a few minutes and educate yourself.

36 posted on 01/09/2012 11:07:41 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Baynative

That was just warnin’ to my missus. I understand wife killing. I understand what makes mister fist turn into mister revolver. I don’t approve of it, but actually I do. Get that, deary? Vote fer me fer prezident. I’ll scare the crap out of them rooskies, Eye-ranians, and anyone else who needs the crap scairt out of them.


37 posted on 01/09/2012 11:46:09 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Baynative

We need Star Chambers.


38 posted on 01/09/2012 11:49:22 PM PST by IamCenny
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To: Baynative

I don’t want to characterize Barbour unfairly here until I know more, but on general principles I’d just like to say that I am sick and tired of people claiming to be a Conservative that do things like this.

The McCains, Romneys and other establishment Republican turds that do Leftist things in our name, are killing the Conservative movement. I have no tolerance at all for them.

I want people who are what they say they are. If they want to operate as a Lefist, then by all means change parties.


39 posted on 01/10/2012 1:09:38 AM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: Baynative

What is so hard to understand here...Governor Barbour is a POLITICIAN. Welcome to America...LOL


40 posted on 01/10/2012 2:26:29 AM PST by midway1 (Inside every liberal is an American trying to get out)
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To: monkeypants

At least Mark Sanford disgraced himself with something fun when he went out.

What is it about our Southern governors?


41 posted on 01/10/2012 4:11:02 AM PST by Happy Rain ("If Mitt wins the Twit wins.")
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To: Baynative

I think we know what Haley Barbour really is: “a George Ryan Republican,” which can’t even sell in IL. His compassion, like that of Ryan, does not extend to the victims.


42 posted on 01/10/2012 5:47:01 AM PST by Theodore R. (I'll still vote for the Right Rick --Santorum-- if he is on the April 3 ballot.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Not in the case of the turd that shot his wife while she was holding her infant child, her brother was there he was shot and played dead, he lived to testify..It was he 4th of July the turd bought fireworks with him, he set the fire crackers off and then e shot them..
43 posted on 01/10/2012 6:25:54 AM PST by southphilly
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To: Calliecat
Haley said it was a crime of passion...bull, how old school is that...The baby layed on her mothers bloody chest for hours, until the brother was able o call the police.
44 posted on 01/10/2012 6:29:42 AM PST by southphilly
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To: Baynative

Sounds like one of these guys has pictures of Haley in bed with a young boy....


45 posted on 01/10/2012 8:40:21 AM PST by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: Baynative

Those who release confessed murderers should themselves be jailed.


46 posted on 01/10/2012 9:36:40 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Baynative

Unbelievable. I had always had some respect for Haley Barbour. But after reading what this David Glenn Gatling did, how he admitted to it...it’s open and closed. And all respect is lost.

Apparently there is some kind of tradition in Mississippi that if a con works on the Governor’s Mansion grounds, they get paroled.

BRAVO SIERRA, traditions like that, which lead to outcomes like this are something even a politician should be able to figure out.

And now to read that he pardoned three more killers.

Unbelievable and insane.

The first one is more than bad enough...it is open and closed. Crime of passion BS aside...he did what he did, killed her as she held the baby.

Barbour should not only never be elected to anything again...if any one of these convicts so muich as commits any crime, particularly harming someone else, Barbour should have to take responsibility...and I am sure he will civilly if not criminally.


47 posted on 01/10/2012 9:59:14 AM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: southphilly
I was wrong. It appears this is just Haley being Haley. It appears none of these convictions are controversial and Barbour hasn't expressed interest in the laughingstock justice system they have down there. Here's the definitive piece from a couple of years ago:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2009/12/haley_barbours_bizarre_pardon_record.single.html

48 posted on 01/10/2012 10:13:43 AM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Ding! Frog's done!)
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To: Baynative

All those liberals trying to protect murders from their consequences are going to come to Barbers side and support him, right?


49 posted on 01/10/2012 10:24:02 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: Baynative

Ray Blanton would be proud.


50 posted on 01/10/2012 10:25:50 AM PST by dfwgator
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