Friday, December 13, 2019

The Bird That Defecates in the Nest Before Leaving It

Matt Bevin, campaigning (unsuccessfully)
with Donald Trump
Matt Bevin, the Republican jerk who was governor of Kentucky until he was defeated last month by Democrat Andy Beshear, has issued 428 pardons and commutations since his defeat, including these:
A man convicted of reckless homicide. 
A convicted child rapist
A man who murdered his parents at age 16. 
A woman who threw her newborn in the trash after giving birth in a flea market outhouse. 
A man who was convicted in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy at a party. 
A man who was convicted on two counts of murder for killing a pastor and his wife while driving under the influence in 2011. The pardon came while the man was on probation for a separate assault offense.
Bevin has been particularly benevolent toward those whose close relatives have hosted fundraisers for him:
A man who was convicted in 2017 of reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer, and tampering with evidence for his role in a 2014 home invasion that resulted in the death of Donald Mills -- the man had served just two years of his 19-year sentence when Bevin pardoned him to time served. The pardoned man's brother had hosted a fundraiser for Bevin and donated to him over the years.
Naturally, since Bevin is Bevin, the former victims of the pardoned ones were apparently not notified that their victimizers were coming out of jail. They found out about the pardons through the press, along with local prosecutors.

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