Gov. Haley Barbour approved full pardons for nearly 200 people

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  1. kittykat1

    kittykat1 New Member

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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_...red-wife-in-1993/?tag=contentMain;contentBody

    Pardoned. The guy shot his wife while she was holding a 2-month old baby. He then turned and shot another man, who survived the shooting.
    Pardoned. After he was just denied parole a few weeks back.
    Pardoned. He earned privileges for good behavior at a program he participated in at the governor's mansion, possibly leading to his pardon. HE COULD HAVE BEEN FAKING IT!
    Pardoned. Sentenced to life in prison and now out, no monitoring, no parole, no nothing
     
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  3. kgeaux

    kgeaux New Member

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    I can't believe the governor did this! Somebody needs to be watching out for the safety of his child and his wife's family.
     
  4. norest4thewicked

    norest4thewicked Karma is a beautiful thing ~

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    And, he left the baby there to lay in the mother's blood. The baby is lucky to have lived too. But, he worked in the Governor's Mansion, so this monster obviously got "special privileges." Haley Barbour needs to face some serious punishment himself. This is sickening! This man will kill again!
     
  5. Charlie09

    Charlie09 Former Member

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    Does anyone know any details of the original story in 93?
    Did he plead guilty?
    Was anyone else ever a suspect?
    Has he maintained his innocence?
     
  6. jjenny

    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    "In 1993, David Glenn Gatlin leveled a gun at the head of his wife, Tammy, and killed her while she held their 2-month-old child, then turned the gun on family friend Randy Walker and shot him in the head as well. Walker survived."

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120109/NEWS/201090322/Killer-pardoned-by-Barbour
     
  7. MagnoliaMom

    MagnoliaMom Verified mental health therapist

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    http://www.10news.com/news/30166920/detail.html

    Wow! I have really thought he was a good governor. He especially shined during Hurricane Katrina. What on earth would possess him to do this on his way out?
     
  8. jjenny

    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    Not the first killer he pardoned either. I also don't understand as to why convicted killers work as trusties in the governor's mansion?
     
  9. MagnoliaMom

    MagnoliaMom Verified mental health therapist

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    My bad...he released 5 murderers in 2008. All also worked at the mansion.

    scroll to bottom or article
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2084337/Mississippi-Governor-Haley-Barbour-pardons-convicted-murderers.html

     
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    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    Charlie09 Former Member

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    Right, I saw that, but usually you can find an article on what someone's plea was in court - I can't find anything???
     
  12. Fairy1

    Fairy1 Divided We Fall

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    There was a survivor. And Gatlin was recently denied parole:

    http://www.wlox.com/story/16477859/pardoned-killer-denied-parole-two-weeks-ago

    A convicted murderer released from prison over the weekend on a pardon by Gov. Haley Barbour was denied parole less than two weeks ago.

    A letter to one of the victims in the case said the Mississippi Parole Board turned down 40-year-old David Gatlin on Dec. 27.
     
  13. longtallcold

    longtallcold What happened to Nancy Jenkins?

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    http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-miss-gov-barbour-pardons-4-killers-214231800.html


    Outrage is an understatement!
     
  14. Wise Old Owl

    Wise Old Owl Retired WS Staff & Founding member of AFKBPOFPOPL

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    Vinnie P. on HLN did a whole segmant about this yesterday - but he said only TWO killers were pardoned. Wonder if they just added the other two today?

    That David Gatlin - he shot his wife, point blank range, in the forehead while she was holding their 6 month old baby! He also shot another man who was helping the mom, in the face. That guy was on with Vinnie (over the phone) yesterday.

    They also said that this Gatlin guy and one of the other ones had been working at the Governor's mansion through a prison program and that's how Gov. got to know them.

    GMAB!!!!

    ******walks away shaking head***************
     
  15. JeannaT

    JeannaT Former Member

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    In the Governor's youth, many of these crimes were not even prosecuted, and were considered "crimes of passion". It used to be, a man who caught his wife in bed with another man could kill them both and be immune from prosecution.

    She wasn't "in his arms" apparently, but in his home with her husband's baby.

    I really don't know any of the particulars, including what his general personality was like and whether this was very much out of character for him, a case of him just "snapping".

    After 18 years in prison, it seems like parole might be the way to go - I don't understand "pardoning" someone in this case. "Pardons", IMHO, should be reserved for cases where it comes to light the murderer was acting in self-defense or thought others were in grave danger.
     
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    you dont know how much my heart sank when I saw this topic... the guy that killed my father is in miss prison if they everrrrrrrrrrrr let that bastard loose...
     
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    If he is going to pardon all of these murderers because of "tradition" I propose a new tradition that all pardoned murderers are required to live next door to their "Pardoners", or better yet, their grandchildren, and see how quick they are to let them out then.
     
  18. Wise Old Owl

    Wise Old Owl Retired WS Staff & Founding member of AFKBPOFPOPL

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    Vinnie is covering this again. He just said that the numbers keep going up - first it was 2, then it was 4 and now they are hearing upwards of 16 murderers. This guy supposedly has pardoned 216 so far.

    Unbelievable.
     
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    kittykat1 New Member

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    he's pardoned over 200, now.

    it's mind-boggling when you consider that these felons, having committed some of the most heinous of all crimes, will no longer have any record whatsoever.

    sick.
     
  21. Charlie09

    Charlie09 Former Member

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    I've seen on other sites that he turned himself in and admitted guilt.

    I don't get this pardon at all....
     

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