Kentucky's GOP Governor Pardons Child Rapist, Man Who Killed Parents

Mish

One of the most disgusting stories of the year pertains to outgoing Kentucky GOP governor Matt Bevin. Astounding Details

Please consider Kentucky’s GOP Governor Issues Hundreds of Pardons, Many Controversial, Before Leaving Office.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s term came to an end Tuesday, but not before the Republican took one final chance to kick the concept of justice in the shins on the way out the door by issuing a slew of highly controversial pardons. Since his narrow loss to Democrat Andy Beshear just over a month before departing, Bevin issued 428 pardons, a number to violent criminals, including, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports, “one offender convicted of raping a child, another who hired a hit man to kill his business partner and a third who killed his parents.”

Among the Pardoned

  1. Belvin pardoned Patrick Baker, who served just two years of a 19-year sentence for reckless homicide, impersonating a police officer, and tampering with evidence. Baker was convicted along with two others for a deadly 2014 home invasion where a father was killed in front of his family.
  2. Bevin pardoned a man who was sentenced last year to 23 years in prison for raping a 9-year-old child.
  3. Bevin pardoned a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for murder after giving birth in a flea market outhouse in 2003 and discarding the newborn.
  4. Bevin pardoned a man who had been in jail since 2003 for killing his parents and leaving their bodies in a basement when he was 16 years old.

Regarding Patrick Baker

Baker’s brother and sister-in-law raised $21,500 last year to retire Bevin’s 2015 gubernatorial campaign debt. They also donated $4,000 at the July 2018 fundraiser held at their home. Baker’s two co-defendants did not get pardoned by Bevin and remain in prison. “I’ve never seen a more compelling or complete case,” the sentencing judge said of Baker. “The evidence was just overwhelming.”

Bribery Charges

This is the most galling abuse of gubernatorial pardons in history.

At a minimum, Bevin ought to face bribery charges.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (55)
Curious-Cat
Curious-Cat

That's a problem with abandoning religion as a guiding principle. If you don't believe in everlasting punishment you are morally free to do whatever the law allows.

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Zardoz
Zardoz

When the president is openly criminal, the swamp creatures get bold.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Who here remembers Ray Blanton? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U79j8Ck7O0

And who says history doesn't repeat?

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

We are living in Rome, 450 A.D.

Don't be surprised by any of this.

It will only get worse.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

Patrick Baker’s co-defendants simply failed in their fund raising efforts on behalf of Gov. Bevin. They continue to serve their sentence.

Shame on them! Couldn’t they at least put together a Go Fund Me page?

Escierto
Escierto

I wonder what the payoffs total? Of course this kind of political criminality is routine in Kentucky.

killben
killben

"This is the most galling abuse of gubernatorial pardons in history."

This concept of pardons (by whomsover) is a mockery of the justice system. I wonder how there has not been a challenge to have it removed, meaning to say, once the highest court (on appeal) has delivered a verdict who the hell is anybody to pardon a criminal?

Can you imagine the plight of the parents of the 9-year-old child? Would he have pardoned the rapist if the child had raped his daughter?

A justice system that does not deliver justice would result in justice being taken into the one's hands or police (as in Hyderabad (India) Police recent encounter case of 4 rapists) and people will cheer this on when this kind of retribution is the only way for justice without understanding that it implies rule of the jungle.

In fact I am all for exterminating such vermins after due process of law. Why should tax-payer feed such criminals while in jail? How can laws meant for human beings apply to inhumans? These are something to think about.

TimeToTest
TimeToTest

This power of governor pardon has outlived its usefulness.

What it was design for and what it’s used for are two different things.

It’s not even comical anymore how once noble government power seem to get used against the public good eventually.

Tengen
Tengen

I've lost my ability to be shocked by anything in US politics.

It's like Matt Taibbi says, there are four "food groups" of political journalism: Blue team sucks, red team sucks, isn't that weird, and isn't that awful. This is a good story because it works for two of the groups (red team and awful). The other rule of journalism is refusal to cover topics where everyone is at fault, like the Fed or the MIC.

You'd think a system using only these four groups would run out ammo, but no, there's more than enough to fill a 24 hour news cycle in perpetuity.

Tucky
Tucky

Red or blue, wrong is wrong no matter who does it or where it comes from.

numike
numike

'Frontline' is examining how Kentucky's once-healthy pensions became among the worst-funded in America. https://www.pbs.org/video/pension-gamble-vlit6o/

NormGriffin
NormGriffin

If he is found to have taken money in exchange for pardons, send the convicts back to jail and lock the governor up for life.

RonJ
RonJ

It makes a mockery of law and order.

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

25k a pop? Once pardons were priceless. This is what deflation looks like.

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

On a more serious note: what is the purpose of pardon power at the hands of a governor or president?

WildBull
WildBull

It is a check against corrupt courts.

WildBull
WildBull

I've seen things in the last 20 years that I would not have believe possible in this country. It really boils down to moral rot. If a meteor struck DC would it be a blessing or a curse?


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