Parole Dispute Escalates Between Washington, Arkansas


Washington state temporarily will not accept parolees from Arkansas, reports the New York Times, escalating the conflict between the states over a man believed to have killed four police officers, days after his release from jail. Maurice Clemmons, 37, was shot to death by a Seattle police officer after a two-day manhunt. Clemmons, who had a lengthy criminal history in Arkansas, was granted clemency in 2000 by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee.

At issue is whether Clemmons should have been eligible for bail recently. Washington officials have said that state law made him eligible for bail under the new charges he faced here and that the bail on which he was released in November, $190,000, was consistent with those charges. They say Arkansas could have prevented his release by keeping in place a so-called no-bail warrant it had rescinded in July.

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