What I found more interesting in the article, was the connection between Huckabee's religious belief system and the 1033 clemencies/pardons/commutations that he granted during his administration.
What I've done is selected highlights from the article that can be read in full HERE.
In 1999 Huckabee became the first Arkansas governor in nearly 30 years to stop an execution, sparing the life of a man who had murdered an 81-year-old farmer and stolen his truck. "I had rather face the anger of the people than the wrath of God," Huckabee said.
Huckabee called himself a "grace" Christian, not a "law" Christian, and what was clemency but an act of grace?
In his 10 ½ years as governor, starting in 1996, Mike Huckabee emerged as a political force, an ordained minister who could draw votes from across the political spectrum.
Clemency can be granted in two ways. A commutation reduces a sentence while preserving the conviction; a pardon strikes the conviction altogether.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette analyzed Huckabee's first 111 commutations and found that inmates stood a better chance if they fit one of four categories. The first upheld clemency's historic role: "The justice system has treated them more harshly than most." It was the other three that raised concerns:
- "They know a person who has known the governor.
- They worked at the Governor's Mansion.
- A minister interceded for them."
During his tenure as Governor, Huckabee gave in to 1033 clemency requests. In 17 years his three predecessors approved 507 clemency requests. (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013170108_otherside18.html)
Here are a few of his less notable clemencies:
- Eugene Fields, a wealthy developer and major GOP donor who had four DUI convictions
- Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, for a reckless-driving conviction
- two murderers who worked as trusties in Huckabee's home
If the above group is to lightweight for your taste, lets look at a few of his heavyweight clemencies:
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I personally believe in the 3 branches of government. The judicial branch has their own laws and procedures in place to correct any mistakes that may have occurred in any convictions.
I guess that I hold the decisions of juries to a higher level than Mike Huckabee does. I don't believe a Governor has any business interfering with these decisions even if his state's laws gives him the right to. That's what appeals and retrials are all about. I believe it was the Baptist Minister In Huckabee that granted these clemencies/pardons/commutations.
When I consider the qualities that I want in a POTUS, I do want a man who believes in God, That's right, I could never support an atheist. Saying that, I also want a POTUS who can separate church from state and would not govern from a pulpit.I believe Mike Huckabee has a problem in this area and why his appeal is limited to those who want a POTUS to govern from a pulpit.