Wednesday :: Dec 5, 2007

Ex aide contradicts Huckabee about securing rapist's release


by Turkana

There's been much discussion, today, about Mike Huckabee's channeling of Condoleezza Rice, as he's tried to "who could have imagined" his way out of actually explaining why he helped a dangerous, and as it turned out, murderous criminal get out of prison. Tonight, there's more news.

First, as background, as reported today, by Murray Waas of the Huffington Post:

As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee aggressively pushed for the early release of a convicted rapist despite being warned by numerous other women that the convict had sexually assaulted them or their family members, and would likely strike again. The convict went on to rape and murder at least one other woman.

Confidential Arkansas state government records, including letters from these women, obtained by the Huffington Post and revealed publicly for the first time, directly contradict the version of events now being put forward by Huckabee.

Waas says Huckabee claims he couldn't have known the rapist would be a threat, when he helped secure the rapist's early release, which came 25 years before the rapist's sentence was supposed to end. The New York Post's Steve Dunleavy also championed the rapist's early release.

As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee aggressively pushed for the early release of a convicted rapist despite being warned by numerous other women that the convict had sexually assaulted them or their family members, and would likely strike again. The convict went on to rape and murder at least one other woman.

Confidential Arkansas state government records, including letters from these women, obtained by the Huffington Post and revealed publicly for the first time, directly contradict the version of events now being put forward by Huckabee.

Who could have imagined? Well...

(T)he confidential files obtained by the Huffington Post show that Huckabee was provided letters from several women who had been sexually assaulted by Dumond and who indeed predicted that he would rape again - and perhaps murder - if released.

HuffPo even provides a look at three of the letters, here.

Apparently, part of Dunleavy's rationale was a claim that the man was really innocent, and that former Governor Bill Clinton had failed to give him fair justice because one of the victims was Clinton's distant cousin; and because everything Clinton has to be wrong, the man had to be innocent. For that, at least one more woman was raped and murdered; and Mike Huckabee enabled it.

Well, tonight there's even more news. Today, Huckabee told the press that he hadn't actually helped get the rapist out of prison. The supposedly very religious Huckabee- a Baptist preacher- is, apparently, a liar.

Waas, tonight:

Directly contradicting Mike Huckabee's claims, his former senior aide tells the Huffington Post that, as governor of Arkansas, Huckabee indeed told the state's parole board that he supported the release of a convicted rapist.

The senior aide, Olan W. "Butch" Reeves, personally attended a controversial parole board meeting with Huckabee in Oct. 1996.

And recalls Huckabee pressing for the rapist's release.

This stands in stark contrast to Huckabee's assertion, repeated at a press conference today that he "did not ask [the board] to do anything." When asked directly about trying to influence the board, Huckabee responded: "No. I did not. Let me categorically say that I did not."

But, according to Reeves, Huckabee actually told the parole board members that the prison sentence meted out to Dumond for his rape conviction was "outlandish" and "way out of bounds for his crime." Huckabee believed there "was something nefarious" about the how the state's criminal justice system had treated Dumond, Reeves said.

A disgruntled former employee, perhaps? No. Huckabee's campaign actually encouraged Reeves to be interviewed. Oops.

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