The absolute epitome of the death of right and wrong. When I spoke about this during the live Tammy Show, I was outraged when I thought he had pardoned one convicted murderer. Now we learn it was four of them. For any normal human being this is inexplicable. Barbour’s last day as governor is tomorrow so while there may be no immediate fallout, there must be a discussion about this rank obscenity and make sure Barbour doesn’t just walk away from this. He certainly shouldn’t be rewarded with any sort of a cozy White House job with the next GOP administration.
The men he pardoned were not arguably wrongly convicted or who had support due to questions about the fairness of a trial. No, these were cold-blooded killers, each and every one. The only common thread was that they all worked for Barbour at the governor’s mansion. This is truly outrageous. All men were released Sunday and they are not on parole, i.e. there are no restrictions, they do not have to report to anyone. And the Republican Machine wonders why we’re mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.
Apparently it’s “tradition” that allows people assigned to the governor’s mansion to get pardoned. Last time I checked, it’s been a longer tradition to make murderers pay for their crimes which includes making them serve their life sentence, at the very least.
Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned at least four convicted killers who worked as inmate trusties at the Governor’s Mansion, including a man who was denied parole less than two weeks ago.
Relatives of three victims told The Associated Press on Monday that state corrections officials notified them over the weekend that the convicts were to be released this past Sunday. Barbour, a Republican who weighed a presidential run last year before deciding against it, leaves office on Tuesday.
The pardons outraged victims’ relatives. Democratic lawmakers called for an end to the custom of governors’ issuing such end-of-tenure pardons
While Barbour’s office hasn’t responded to messages about the pardons, he told the AP in 2008 that releasing the trusties who live and work at the mansion is a tradition in Mississippi that goes back decades. Trusties are prisoners who earn privileges through good behavior…
The former 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…
The 40-year-old Gatlin was sentenced to life in prison in the 1993 slaying of Tammy Ellis Gatlin and the shooting of Randy Walker, her long-time friend.
Walker’s mother, Glenda Walker, said Monday that Gatlin shot his estranged wife while she was holding their young baby, then shot her son in the head.
“He left that little baby on his dead mother’s body,” Glenda Walker said. “It was a horrendous murder.”