In September of 1984, a 35-year-old handyman named Wayne Dumond, kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old high school cheerleader. Dumond was free on bail when in March 1985 two masked men broke into his home and castrated him. The local sheriff Coolidge Conlee displayed Dumond’s testicles in a jar of formaldehyde on his desk, proudly proclaiming that castration was what happens to rapists in his neck of the woods. In 1988, Dumond won a $100,000 judgment from St. Francis County for Conlee doing so.
Dumond was eventually found guilty and sentenced to life plus 20 years. The cheerleader that he kidnapped and raped happened to be a relative of former President Bill Clinton, who was governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992. Dumond claimed innocence and asked for clemency. Then-governor Clinton declined.
In 1992, while Bill Clinton was out campaigning for President, Lt. Governor Jim Guy Tucker took the reins for the state and commuted Dumond’s sentence so that he was eligible for parole.
On July 15, 1996 Mike Huckabee took office as the new governor of Arkansas. On September 20, 1996 Huckabee announced that he doubted Dumond’s guilt and that he planned on letting him go free. Even after receiving letters from victims, Huckabee was unmoved and went forward with his decision.
Huckabee is a longtime adversary of Bill Clinton and was convinced that his relation to the victim played a role in Dumond’s conviction. On October 31, Huckabee met with the parole board and after that the parole board magically agreed to vote to set Dumond free. Since the parole board set him free, Huckabee got away without having to pardon him.
Mike Huckabee wrote a letter of his own to Wayne Dumond:
My desire is that you be released from prison. I feel that parole is the best way for your reintroduction to society to take place.
As it turns out Wayne Dumond wasn’t done raping–or murdering. In fact, it was only a matter of months after his October 1999 release that he raped and killed a woman at an apartment complex near his home. But Huckabee has absolved himself of any contribution to the woman’s death. He even went as far as to say that there was no way of knowing that Dumond was capable of such crimes.
Romney made a campaign ad interviewing the mother of one of the victims pointing out that Mike Huckabee has very bad judgment and is not fit for elected office, and definitely not fit to be President.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQqiUhyyyiA?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360]
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