A story is now being widely reported about a man who was paroled while Mike Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas. This man, Wayne Dumond, after being released raped and murdered again. Some are reporting that Mike Huckabee pardoned Wayne Dumond. The record clearly shows this is not the case, that Wayne Dumond was out of prison on parole.
So this big question is “Is Mike Huckabee at fault for this parole?”
To answer this we first need to know the powers of the Governor of Arkansas.
Can the Governor of Arkansas actually parole someone?
The answer is No. An appointed parole board does this in the State of Arkansas.
So then “Did Mike Huckabee appoint any members of this board?”
No, he did not. All of the members of this board were either appointed by Bill Clinton or Jim Tucker.
So the real question is “How can people be saying that Mike Huckabee is at fault for a man being paroled in the State of Arkansas by a board he didn’t even appoint?”
This is where this case becomes a “he said, she said” situation. 3 parole board members claim that Mike Huckabee pressured them into allowing Wayne Dumond’s parole. 7 of the parole board members do not say this. Mike Huckabee also denies that he pressured the parole board. Interesting. All of these board members were appointed by Democrat governors, Mike Huckabee is a republican. So why are all of the board members not in agreement? Why are 7 members not jumping on the band wagon? Could it possibly be political?
It appears there is enough to question the legitimacy of the claims that the three parole board members have made.
So what is Mike Huckabee’s response to all of this?
“It has been reported that Governor Huckabee released, pardoned, or granted parole to convicted rapist Wayne Dumond. That is not true. It’s interesting that Wayne Dumond’s name only surfaces during an election year for Governor Huckabee. In 2002, his Democrat opponent in the midst of the general election made a political issue out the entire thing. Arkansas voters didn’t buy this false attack from the Democrat in 2002 and re-elected Governor Huckabee to another term as Governor of Arkansas. Here are the facts of the Dumond case:
Governor Jim Guy Tucker gave executive clemency to Wayne DuMond, and commuted his sentence to 39.5 years. This action made Wayne DuMond immediately eligible for parole.
The parole board was made up entirely of Democrats appointed by Democrat Governors Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker (who was later convicted on federal charges and removed from office). Not one member of the board was appointed by Huckabee.
Governor Huckabee never took action in the DuMond case that made him parole eligible.
Governor Huckabee either denied Wayne DuMond’s clemency request, or took no action (which is the same as a denial) on four separate occasions.
Governor Huckabee did not parole Wayne Dumond. Governor Huckabee had no authority to do that. Governors in Arkansas don’t grant parole-the parole board does.
The fact remains that Governor Huckabee didn’t commutate, pardon, parole or grant any form of clemency to Wayne DuMond.”
— from mikehuckabee.com
And here is Wolf Blitzer asking Mike Huckabee about this issue.
So what is the truth?
It certainly appears that the system failed in the State of Arkansas. A horrible man was let back into society. Wayne Dumond then raped and killed after being released. Mike Huckabee was the Governor of Arkansas at that time, but saying the buck stops at the Governor is a simplistic view of the situation. One that doesn’t capture the truth. Decisions made by Jim Tucker and the parole board directly allowed Wayne Dumond back into society. If Mike Huckabee ‘pressured’ the parole board to release Wayne Dumond the responsibility of that decision still sits on the shoulders of the board. Mike Huckabee admits that he thought parole was acceptable, just as the parole board did. Obviously they were wrong. But it was the parole board that made the decision, not Mike Huckabee. And with only 3 parole board members making accusations against Mike Huckabee and 7 members not making such claims, I am hard pressed to believe that these accusations are valid. Could it be 3 people who desperatley want to point fingers at at someone else so that they can feel better about the decision they made? Could it be because they don’t want Mike Huckabee to become president? It could be a lot of things. But since the entire board does not agree with the accusations, it certainly makes the legitimacy of the accusations questionable. Mike Huckabee has expressed that he regrets that this decision was made in his state, and that he himself believed parole was the right action to take at the time, but the blame still does not fall on his shoulders. I blame Wayne Dumond for his actions and the entire judicial system in Arkansas for not keeping Dumond locked up in the first place.