I’d heard about this story, but never fully understood it until reading this CBS News piece out today. It’s horrendous.
Huckabee basically helped secure the guy’s release because the convict had raped a distant relative of Bill Clinton – and being a distant relative of Bill Clinton, the right-wing attack machine said the woman who was raped wasn’t credible (even though the guy was convicted), and they demanded that the rapist be set free because, after all, he only raped a Clinton. Well, it seems that Governor Huckabee agreed. He set the rapist free, and then the guy molested and murdered another woman. But even better? Huckabee now denies that he had anything to do with the release of the rapist/murderer. Funny, then why did Huckabee meet with the parole board on behalf of the rapist/murderer?
So now we know the real Mike Huckabee. Huckabee is part of the Rush Limbaugh hate machine that sees everything through the eyes of how much hurt he can cause the Clintons. And if that meant helping a rapist get a second chance to molest and murder again, it was a small risk to take in exchange for hurting a distant relative of Bill Clinton.
As [Bill] Clinton rose to national prominence, the case came to the attention of his critics. Journalists and talk show hosts questioned the victim’s story and suggested that DuMond had been railroaded by the former governor. Steve Dunleavy, a New York Post columnist, took up the case as a cause, calling DuMond’s conviction “a travesty of justice.”….
When Huckabee became governor in 1996, he expressed doubts about DuMond’s guilt and said he was considering commuting his sentence to time served. After the victim and her supporters protested, Huckabee decided against commutation. But in 1997, according to the Kansas City Star, Huckabee wrote a letter to DuMond saying “my desire is that you be released from prison.” Less than a year later, DuMond was granted parole.
Huckabee’s office denied that the governor played a role in the parole board’s decision, but there was evidence (exhaustively detailed here) to contradict that claim.
Charles Chastain, a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, who was on the parole board at the time, told CBSNews.com the governor met with the board to argue on DuMond’s behalf.
“He thought DuMond had gotten a raw deal,” said Chastain, who calls himself neutral towards Huckabee. “He said he’d been born on the wrong side of the tracks and hadn’t been treated all that fairly.”
“I don’t think the governor quite understood about parole proceedings,” added Chastain. “I thought of the parole board as a quasi-judicial body that wouldn’t be lobbied or otherwise interfered with by anyone outside of it, so I was a little bit surprised by it.”
After the meeting, Chastain said, a number of the board members “switched their vote” from the previous year, and DuMond was paroled.