|Haley "drunk drivers are my friends" Barbour|
Who was pardoned ... and why?
- Joel Vann, who killed Scotty Plunk in a drunk driving accident when he was 19. Connection: his father was the "brother-in-law of a former Republican state committee member and contributor to Mr. Barbour"
- Burton Waldon, who killed an 8-month-old baby in a drunk driving accident, and never served any time for it. Connection: "He is a member of the prominent Hill Brothers Construction Company family, big money political donors who give mostly to Republicans, including Mr. Barbour.
- Doug Hindman, who was arrested for "exchanging hundreds of sexually explicit messages with an undercover officer posing as an under-age girl." Connection: a "family friend" of Hindman's had lunch with the Barbours in the governor's mansion shortly before sending an appeal for clemency.
- Anonymous (the Times doesn't give the name, unfortunately), who "participated in a gang rape of a 17-year-old in 1976". Connection: his appeal "included a reference letter from his employer, a large donor to Mr. Barbour and other Republicans."
- Eldridge Bonds, "who in 2003 pleaded no contest to forcible sexual battery" of a 14-year-old girl. Connection: his appeal included a letter from the dean of the University of Mississippi's School of Education.
- Harry R. Bostick, who "was sentenced in May 2010 for his third drunken driving offense--a felony--and ordered into treatment." In October 2011, he was arrested for a fourth drunken driving offense, "this time in an accident that left an 18-year-old waitress dead." Then, on January 10 2012, Barbour pardoned him for his third felony DUI. Connection: "Several former government lawyers and law enforcement officers who worked with him on federal tax prosecutions submitted letters on his behalf."
This story pretty much leaves me speechless.