Pardon for killer by former Kentucky Gov. Bevin sparks calls for investigation

  
Via:  sandy-2021492  •  one month ago  •  17 comments

Pardon for killer by former Kentucky Gov. Bevin sparks calls for investigation
The killer's family reportedly raised funds and contributed to Bevin's campaign.

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Outrage over a spree of pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spread to the state capitol Friday as two lawmakers asked the incoming attorney general to investigate the orders, including one for a convicted killer whose family contributed to the governor.
Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race, has issued more than 400 pardons since the Nov. 5 election, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State's office.

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sandy-2021492
1  seeder  sandy-2021492    one month ago
The two lawmakers said special attention should be given to the pardon issued to Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted of reckless homicide and other crimes in a fatal 2014 home break-in in Knox County. Prosecutors say Baker and another man posed as police to gain entry to Donald Mills' home and Mills was shot in front of his wife. She tried to drive him to the hospital but he died on arrival. Baker's family raised $21,500 at a political fundraiser last year for Bevin and Baker's brother and sister-in-law also gave $4,000 to Bevin’s campaign on the day of the fundraiser, the Courier Journal reported.
 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2  Paula Bartholomew    one month ago

They need to go over his financial records to see if there is anything suspicious.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3  Vic Eldred    one month ago

This is only part of the reason that Matt Bevin was so unpopular in the blue grass state.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    one month ago

Kentucky might have blue grass, but it's bright red politically.  This might change that, though.  Beshear won, but hardly by a landslide.  Bevin's petulance and crookedness in defeat may hurt his party worse than the defeat itself could have done. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1    one month ago
Bevin's petulance and crookedness in defeat may hurt his party worse than the defeat itself could have done. 

Beshear won by a thin margin, but the Republicans won overwhelmingly in the other races.  So don't believe KY will turn Blue or even Purple.

However, even before going into the elections, Bevin was disliked by huge numbers of Kentuckians and that Beshear only won by a thin margin was attributed to the power of Trump to bring out his base to vote.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1    one month ago
Kentucky might have blue grass, but it's bright red politically. 

To me it's a great combination, Thoroughbreds, Republicans and don't forget the Bourbon!


This might change that, though.  Beshear won, but hardly by a landslide. 

It wasn't really a surprise as Bevin was on the wrong side of all the things mentioned. Governor's races are always local.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1.3  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.2    one month ago

His handling of the teachers' strike didn't help him at all.

 
 
 
Iamak47
3.1.4  Iamak47  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1    one month ago

KY is bright red at the national level.  But had been solidly blue at the local level until about the last 10 years.  Republicans are starting to win some local races in districts where dems ran unopposed for years.  Ky dems are struggling to distance themselves from the current craziness that has become the national Democratic Party. 

Without a doubt, Bevin is a punk.  Nevertheless, state pensions were fully funded his last year in office.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1.5  Vic Eldred  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1.3    one month ago

He was at odds with his fellow Republicans on that one. I believe they overrode his veto of a budget that increased school funding. He also trolled the teachers a bit with some ridiculous statements. He also opposed Kentucky racetracks from having casino gambling. The reason - he said gambling causes suicide. 

I think we can all agree that the defeat of Matt Bevin had little to do with national politics and an awful lot to do with Matt Bevin.

 
 
 
MUVA
4  MUVA    one month ago

I hope we see the same scrutiny everytime a  convicted criminal get out early or is just a case of he is a republican. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  MUVA @4    one month ago

I vote for scrutiny of them all, no matter what party they belong to.  As the hill won't drain the swamp themselves, it is damned time that the voters do.  One problem is that people will vote party line even if they know the candidate is a pos.

 
 
 
It Is ME
4.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4.1    one month ago
I vote for scrutiny of them all, no matter what party they belong to. As the hill won't drain the swamp themselves , it is damned time that the voters do.

What did Trump run on again ? jrSmiley_87_smiley_image.gif

He goes after ALL the dinosaurs on the Hill. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

They want to "Impeach" him for it now. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1.2  XDm9mm  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4.1    one month ago
As the hill won't drain the swamp themselves

How could they accomplish that?  They ARE the swamp, with limited exceptions.

 
 
 
Ender
5  Ender    one month ago

It was like he did a final fuck you as he was leaving office.

I am all for getting some people out of jail, especially small time pot offenders.

Yet he pardoned a child rapist, murderers and someone that did a honorific home invasion.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
5.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Ender @5    one month ago

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/13/politics/former-kentucky-governor-matt-bevin-pardons/index.html

That list of pardons includes Blake Walker , who was convicted in 2003 of killing his parents; Kurt Smith , who as a teenager was found guilty of murdering his 6-week old son; Delmar Partin, who was convicted of beheading a woman and stuffing her in a barrel; and Kathy Ann Harless, who left her newborn baby to die in an outhouse.

Heinous.

 
 
 
Ender
5.1.1  Ender  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1    one month ago

The list just gets worse every time I see more of it.

I am now reading that some of the people he pardoned, their families donated to and helped his campaign.

Sickening.

 
 
 
The People's Fish
6  The People's Fish    one month ago

Cuomo pardoned several murderers as did Gavin Newsom.

Unless they are innocent without a doubt they should serve their sentences.

 
 
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