Four Police Officers were gunned-down inside a coffeehouse in Spokane Washington yesterday. The man who allegedly did it, Maurice Clemmons, was serving a life sentence in Arkansas. That is, until his sentence was commuted by a then-Gov. Mike Huckabee.
This isn't isn't the first time an commuted person has committed a violent crime: How the Huckabee administration worked to free rapist Wayne Dumond.
While news of Wayne Dumond damaged his 2008 campaign, this latest blood-letting has ensured that whatever Mike Huckabbee thought his political career was, it is dead now.
The man local police are seeking for questioning is Maurice Clemmons, 37, a man with a lifetime history of violence, burglary, aggravated robbery, theft and rape. Clemmons was serving what was essentially a life sentence in Arkansas before having his sentence commuted by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee.
"This is the day I've been dreading for a long time," Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley told the Seattle Times when told Clemmons was a suspect in the quadruple murder.[snip]
Clemmons moved to Washington state in 2005. But in recent years more glaring evidence of mental illness began to grow. Clemmons was released from county jail less than a week ago with charges of second degree child rape still pending. (Why he was released when he was still wanted as a fugitive in Arkansas is a question someone will likely soon be called upon to answer.) Evidence collected during the child rape investigation paint a picture of a delusional person claiming he was the messiah, sexually assaulting young relatives, predicting the imminent end of the world and telling his wife and said young relatives that President Obama would soon visit to confirm that he was in fact the Messiah.
In the midst of all of this Clemmons somehow also found time to get into a couple confrontations with the police this year -- one of which led to another charge of assault after he punched a sherif's deputy in the face.read more...