From msnbc.com's Carrie Dann
As we noted this morning, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came under fire during his presidential run for his commutation of the sentence of Wayne Dumond, who was found guilty of rape and murder in Missouri after being released from prison in Arkansas.
In light of the news that Huckabee commuted the 95-year sentence of the suspect in yesterday's slaying of four Washington state police officers, we dusted off our 2008 campaign research books to take another look at the numbers.
On his radio show today, Huckabee again addressed the slayings, placing blame both with his own state's system and the government of Washington.
"Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington state," he said of Clemmons.
Huckabee blames the Arkansas parole board for granting Clemmons' parole -- something he did in the case of Dumond as well. Parole board members, however, told NBC News in 2007 that Huckabee initiated and encouraged Dumond's parole.
Video: Huckabee discusses his crime record in 2007Dumond's case also highlighted the relative frequency of Huckabee's pardons and commutations in comparison to his predecessors, which the Arkansas governor's GOP opponents were happy to reference during the primary in an effort to slam Huckabee for being soft on crime.
Bill Clinton, who served as governor of the state between 1979 and 1992, issued a total of 426 pardons and commutations, the Arkansas Leader pointed out in the middle of Huckabee's tenure in 2004.
Republican Frank White and Democrat Jim Guy Tucker issued 39 and 42, respectively. By the end of his 10-and-a-half years as governor, Huckabee had issued 1,033.
As of 2004, Huckabee had issued more pardons than the leaders of six neighboring states combined -- Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Missouri -- in the preceding eight years.