Clemmons Killed In WA; Huckabee Commutation Record Cited


Maurice Clemmons, the apparent killer of four Seattle-area police officers, himself was killed by an officer this morning in Seattle. Clemmons’ long sentence in Arkansas was commuted by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee, making him eligible for parole. The one-time Republican presidential contender granted twice as many pardons and commutations as the previous three governors of Arkansas combined, The Associated Press reported in 2007.

He issued 1,033 pardons and commutations during more than 10 years as governor – an average of about one every four days, reports the Seattle Times. Clemmons faced decades in prison for robberies and other charges when his sentence was commuted by Huckabee in 2000. Clemmons later was sent back to prison after violating parole, but was released again five years ago.

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