Courtesy of (admitted Fred Thompson backer) Jonathon Adler at National Review Online‘s The Corner, here’s the story of the pardon of Glen Green by Mike Dukakabee (The Arkansas Leader via The Real Mike Hucakbee):
Gov. Huckabee probably never read the confession of a demented killer named Glen Green before he made the monster eligible for parole.
Green’s confession is so depraved, its sadistic details so scary that no sane, responsible adult would consider him for parole.
If the governor didn’t read the confession, he is guilty of dereliction of duty.
But if he read the confession and still considers Green deserving of parole, he’s certainly unfit to hold office. Who would free a madman who beat an 18-year-old woman with Chinese martial-arts sticks, raped her as she barely clung to life, ran over her with his car, then dumped her in the bayou, her hand reaching up, as if begging for mercy?
We’re publishing the gruesome picture of Green’s victim on the front page because we believe her hand is reaching up to demand justice.
In usual fashion, Huckabee’s office didn’t even contact the victim’s family about the clemency.
Although he’s required to by the Constitution, the governor, as is his custom, won’t say why he granted clemency to this crazed killer (over the unanimous objections of the Post-Prison Transfer Board).
Huckabee apparently listened to Green’s minister (and a friend of the governor), who thinks the murder was an accident and Green was forced to confess.
The Jacksonville police, who arrested Green in 1974 after a witness linked him to the crime, think the minister and Huckabee are both delusional, which is the mildest epitaph we can print.
The danger from this cannot be overestimated. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a problem in more areas than crime and justice. What happens if a pastor like Rick Warren (WND) piegon-holes Tax-Hike Mike on Syria and the other terrorist regimes of the Middle East?
I shudder at the thought.