Under fire for commuting the sentence of suspected cop-killer Maurice Clemmons, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called some criticisms “disgusting” and suggested they were attempts to score political points, reports Politico.com. “It really does show how sick our society has become that people are more concerned about a campaign three years from now than those grieving families in Washington,” Huckabee said on Joe Scarborough’s radio show.
Huckabee granted Clemmons clemency in 2001. He had served 11 years in prison after being sentenced at the age of 18 to 60 years in prison for burglary and theft, in addition to the 48 years he was already serving on five felony counts. “If he were a white kid from an upper middle class family he would have gotten a lawyer and some counseling,” Huckabee said. “But because he was a young black kid he got 108 years.” He said the sentence was “far disproportionate from any other punishment in Arkansas at the time for a similar crime.”