Skip to comments.Outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour under fire after pardoning 4 killers
Posted on 01/10/2012 3:09:07 AM PST by Libloather
Outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour under fire after pardoning 4 killers
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1 hour 27 minutes ago
JACKSON, Miss. Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned at least four convicted killers who worked at the Governor's Mansion, including a man who was denied parole less than two weeks ago.
Relatives of three victims told The Associated Press on Monday that state corrections officials notified them over the weekend that the convicts were to be released this past Sunday. Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who weighed a presidential run last year before deciding against it, leaves office on Tuesday.
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Well... this is certainly odd. All of the murderers worked at the Governor’s Mansion thus they get a pardon because they were “good workers”. I guess the people they murdered weren’t “good workers?”
Why would they have murderers working at the Governor’s mansion anyway? There are any embezzlers or white collar thieves in their jails?
3 are murderers. The 4th is ‘merely’ a repeat burglar according to the article.
2 of the killers murdered their wives. The 3rd murdered a man during a robbery.
1 of the wife killers shot her while she was holding their baby and also shot her friend in the head (he lived). He then left the kid there lying on top of it’s dead mother. He was just denied parole.
The other wife killer shot her in the back in public after an argument (he left and came back with a gun).
The crimes happened in the early 90’s. Just 20 years for 2 first degree murders.
It’s on Haley if any of these “diligent workman” hurt anyone else.
It’s weird. If it were up to me all 3 would have got the needle.
Sad thing to see a losing governor throw such a reckless temper tantrum.
“... any embezzlers or white collar thieves in their jail”.
I am guessing that the Governors Mansion already had plenty of those... Maybe he wanted some “diversity” so he chose cold blooded killers. (/s tag...)
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Remember your man Barbour and how great you said he was?
Haley obviously is not going to run for any kind of political job again.
I think this is outragous to let any murderer back out on the streets......... But, I have to correct you.. he did not lose, he did not run this time...he could not run again...he served his two terms.
Ah, I see.
But it still would appear to be some form of tantrum, an act of defiance against the social norms “just because”.
Didn’t AR’s Huck do things like this two? Must be the MO of the adjacent states
What is it about our southern governors: Haley of SC, now Haley of MS? They are just too “compassionate” and probably trying to snare uninformed Democrats to their side.
He didn’t lose he was termed out!
Already answered and replied. Why don’t you read before posting?
Read down thread, already pointed out.
Sheesh, I just did it too.
Is it Monday on a Tuesday?
A mistake of inconceivable proportions.
Of course if he had done this during and election, probably not...
The condition is known as “Huckabitis.”
There are any embezzlers or white collar thieves in their jails?
No. They all hold elected office.
embezzlers or white collar thieves in their jails?...That might mean the crooks are getting into the pol’s turf.
It sounds like the people (probably Democrats) who assign convicts to work in the Governor's Mansion were trying to plant a time bomb for Barbour who was contemplating a run for the presidency. Either release murderers or break a decades-long tradition.
Huckabee granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons who later was charged with the rape of a child AND the execution of four Washington State Police Officers. I am praying that this clemency doesn’t result in the same. I’m not saying all clemencies are wrong... they should be done very sparingly with thought of the case/and the impact upon society. IMHO.
Got me by 5 seconds, cause I dribbled my beer.
If he felt as though they’d done enough time, why not commute their sentences? I don’t understand the pardons
I would have thought he’d be too busy stumping for Romney to have time to pardon anyone. /s
Let me guess -— did he also endorse Milt?
If you think this is bad, I all ready feel sick thinking of what Obama will do on his last days in office.
I think the governor thought he was being gracious to his “nice” workers. I’m sure he never consulted the victims’ loved ones, nor even met them.
Reminds me of earlier cases of the Catholic bishops who were initially “nice” to the sex abuse perpetrators, sending them to therapy and maybe to a monastery or to Rome for some classes. They had no perspective on how unjust this would be to the victims, because they had no personal acquaintance with the victims. They thought they were being merciful, open-minded, to troubled employees/brethren.
Abuse of power comes in different flavors. I’m sure the Governor thought he had the best motives. That doesn’t make it any less of a travesty.
I used to know the wife of a parole attorney. Many times his clients were denied parole, despite exemplary turn-arounds in their lives and behavior. The board would say that the person simply hadn’t served enough time. Despite the real and undeniable change of heart, and low likelihood of re-offense, justice was served by making the prisoner do his time.
It’s at least the second Monday this week. Already.
How’s Sarah Palin’s candidacy going for you asshat?
She’s doing better than Barbour.
The point, asshat, is that you apparently have nothing better to do than try to pick fights based on old threads. I tried going back a little ways to see who you have supported in the past but you post so much day and night that apparently you have no life. Do you eat and crap in that chair also? Well, I work for a living. See ya later asshat.
When he was head of the republican party he was one that took on the media CNN was the only 24 hour channel and the net works and called them on their crap...sorry to hear he did this...My niece lives in Mississippi and said he was a good governor...During Katrina you didn’t hear Mississippi shouting junk like they did in Louisiana...she said he just dug in and did what had to be done..Maybe its time for him to retire completely from politics...
We’ll probably go for a third one before the week is out.
Shades of former Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton.
“The point, asshat, is that you apparently have nothing better to do than try to pick fights based on old threads.”
Timber Rattler = virginia ridgerunner.
That’s what is going on there.
Check VR’s history to see if you crossed swords with them before..
Unfortunately Governor Barbour, there won't be any take backs for future victims of those killers you just released.
Charles Hooker, sentenced to life in 1992 in Coahoma County for the murder of Walter Johnson, the principal at a Clarksdale high school where Hooker was a teacher.
Tammy ellis gatlin filed for divorce. David Gatlin rented a car in Georgia, traveled to Mississippi, and spent the night in a motel in the Jackson area. He bought fireworks and stalked Tammy and followed Randy walker to his home. Randy was a family friend. Gatlin then went to the home of Randy Walker asked to use a phone. Randy Walker said he didn’t have a phone. David gatlin said he would give him the fireworks for some change to use a pay phone. He pulled out the gun and Randy thought he was being robbed. Randy didn’t know it was Tammy’s husband. David said he wanted to go in the back of the home. Randy said no he didn’t. Tammy was back room with the baby. David Gatlin shot Tammy while she was holding the baby and he shot Randy in the head, but Randy lived.
Joseph Ozment was sentenced to life in 1994 for the slaying of store clerk Ricky Montgomery. The robbery happened with several other men.
One of the robbers shot Ricky Montgomery three times. He was crawling toward Joseph Ozment for help. He didn’t know Joseph Ozment was involved. Joseph Ozment put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger twice.
Anthony McCray, sentenced to life in 2001 in Pike County for the murder of his wife, Jennifer McCray, whom he shot in the back.
Barbour’s first pardon, in 2008, was of Paul Joseph Warnock, who was convicted in 1993 in Warren County for killing Carol Ann Hall, his 18-year-old girlfriend, while she slept in his bed at his parents’ house.
In 2008, Barbour pardoned Bobby Hays Clark, convicted in 1996 in Panola County of manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Clark shot his ex-girlfriend in the neck and beat her new boyfriend with a broom handle, according to the Sun Herald.
Clarence Jones, convicted in 1992 in Warren County of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old Carla M. Smith, whom he stabbed 22 times
Michael Graham was serving life for stalking and killing his ex-wife, Adrienne Klasky. In 1989, he pulled up next to her car while she was stopped at an intersection in downtown Pascagoula and shot her in the head. Barbour suspended his sentence in 2008.
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