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Don't Bury Clemency with Clemmons

Mike Huckabee's decision was unfortunate, but just

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee's mercy in granting clemency to cop killer Maurice Clemmons was horribly betrayed, but that's no reason to reject the very notion of clemency, writes Michael Gerson. Strong arguments in favor of the role clemency plays in the justice system were made at the time of the Founding Fathers,... More »

20K Honor Slain Wash. Cops

Service draws fellow officers from across continent

(Newser) - An estimated 20,000 law-enforcement officials from the US and Canada today joined families and friends of the four cops gunned down last week at café in Washington state. Some 2,100 cars made a four-hour procession through Lakewood and Tacoma to a service at the Tacoma Dome. More »

Cop-Killer Suspect Shot Dead

Police find, shoot Maurice Clemmons in south Seattle neighborhood

(Newser) - Seattle police have shot and killed the man suspected of gunning down four police officers in Lakewood, a suburb 35 miles south of the city, on Sunday. Police tracked Maurice Clemmons down early today after acting on leads about his possible acquaintances. "We knew the noose was tightening,”... More »

Clemmons Not Huckabee's 1st Freed Killer

Ex-gov said to be a sucker for cons who got religion

(Newser) - Maurice Clemmons isn’t the first killer Mike Huckabee released as governor thanks to his religious sense of mercy. Huckabee granted more commutations and pardons than any governor in the 40 years before him. Some, no doubt, were warranted by Arkansas’ draconian drug laws, but many more came courtesy of... More »

O'Reilly to Huckabee: Clemmons 'Not Your Fault'

But other conservatives are less understanding

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee’s a “standup guy,” and shouldn’t beat himself up for granting clemency to suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons, Bill O’Reilly told him last night. “It’s not your fault, governor,” O’Reilly declared. “I mean, look, you’ve got 1,200... More »

Police Search for Suspected Cop-Killer's Wife

$125K reward for info; more than one gun was used in attack

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are hoping the wife of suspected cop-killer Maurice Clemmons can help them find her husband. Officers were warned to today to be on the lookout for Nicole Cheryleen Smith, possibly driving a green 1997 Mazda Millenia to Arkansas. Police have posted a $125,000 reward for... More »

Suspect Not In House Surrounded Overnight

Clemmons was wounded by cop he allegedly killed, could be dead: police

(Newser) - The man suspected of gunning down four police officers yesterday morning was not in the Seattle home a SWAT team raided this morning, after a night of attempted negotiation, though authorities found evidence that he had been in the home. Police are now searching the University of Washington campus, after... More »

Shots Fired, Cop-Killer May Be Dead

Clemmons believed to be holed up in Seattle home

(Newser) - Shots were fired today as police surrounded a Seattle home where a suspected cop-killer was holed up and officials say he may be wounded or dead. Police used loudspeakers and explosions in a bid to flush out Maurice Clemmons, 37, who investigators believe shot dead four officers at a cafe... More »

Huckabee Freed Man Sought in Wash. Cop Massacre

Then-gov commuted repeat felon's sentence

(Newser) - A man being sought as a "person of interest" in the execution-style slayings of four police officers this morning in Lakewood, Wash., was 11 years into a decades-long prison term in Arkansas when then-governor Mike Huckabee approved the commutation of his sentence. Prosecutors objected to clemency for Maurice Clemmons,... More »

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