"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Independence Day, Mississippi-style

Outgoing Dem Republican governor of Mississippi pardons four, yes four, murderers on way out of office.

The inmates are David Gatlin, convicted of killing his estranged wife in 1993; Joseph Ozment, convicted in 1994 of killing a man during a robbery; Anthony McCray, convicted in 2001 of killing his wife; Charles Hooker, sentenced to life in 1992 for murder; and Nathan Kern, sentenced to life in 1982 for burglary after at least two prior convictions.

Mark McAbee said Barbour pardoned the man who killed his uncle, Ricky Montgomery. McAbee said Ozment was sentenced to life in 1994 after robbing the store with several other men.
"One of the other ones shot my uncle three times. He was crawling toward Joseph Ozment for help. He didn't know Joseph Ozment was involved. He was crawling to him for help. Joseph Ozment put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger twice," McAbee said.
He called the pardon "a slap in the face."
Indeed.

Executive clemency: an often under-appreciated aspect over the debate as to whether imprisonment ultimately renders offenders harmless.

1 comment:

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

I don't get it. I thought Barbour was supposed to be a conservative Republican. Yet he pulls a stunt like this. It's ironic, that the Dems, who are supposed to be flaming liberals these days, are the ones raking the Governor over the coals. Well, I hope Mark Shea is happy.