Huckabee defended his choice to grant the Arkansas felon clemency by insisting that Clemmons original sentence went too far.
“If he were a white kid from an upper middle class family he would have gotten a lawyer and some counseling,” Huckabee said. “But because he was a young black kid he got 108 years.”
Can someone find me a “white kid” — or any kid for that matter — that would have been given counseling for the combined offenses of: a) robbery and assault and battery; b) burglary of a state trooper’s home and grand larceny (including the theft of a firearm from the trooper’s home); c) possession of a gun in school zone; and d) attempted aggravated assault against a bailiff using a padlock and assault and battery against his mother (the incompetent moron missed and hit his mother instead)?
And, then we turn to the utter ignorance of Mike Huckabee regarding the United States Constitution.
Of course, Huckabee isn’t a huge fan of the current constitution and has stated that he believes that the constitution needs to be amended to “reflect ‘God’s standards'”. Apparently God’s big on letting repeated felons out of prison, at least that’s what Huckabee thinks.
But, as the constitution currently exists, there’s thing called the Sixth Amendment which reads:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In Johnson v. Zerbst (304 U.S. 458 (1938)), the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that there was a requirement that indigent defendants be appointed counsel in federal courts if they could afford their own. In Gideon v. Wainwright (372 U.S. 335 (1963)), that ruling was extended to state courts for all felony cases.
In short, the guy had an attorney!
But poor Mike Huckabee (or Dukakabee as some of my fellow bloggers refer to him) is so completely ignorant (or just lying, pick your poison), he attempts to obfuscate instead of taking responsibility for actions that he was responsible for.