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Ross Douthat: Prisons of Our Own Making – NYTimes.com
Posted By Jacob Laksin On December 14, 2009 @ 10:24 am In Political News | No Comments
If you’re a governor with presidential aspirations, you should never, under any circumstances, pardon a convict or reduce a sentence. That’s the lesson everyone seems to have drawn from the dreadful case of Maurice Clemmons, an Arkansas native who murdered four Lakewood, Wash., police officers over Thanksgiving weekend — nine years after Mike Huckabee, then governor, commuted his sentence and the Arkansas parole board set him free.
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