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Last updated on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 2:31 pm

Painful Pardons

Gov. Mike Beebe sure has had an interesting last few weeks with his pardons. He backed off on the one planned for Michael Jackson, who Beebe coached in peewee football years ago in Searcy. Jackson, as you recall, was convicted of Internet stalking of a child, but had served his time without incident. However, when news of other indiscretions recently surfaced, Beebe had to stand down. Beebe then made national news and endured his share of criticism when he announced the pardon of his son, Kyle Beebe, who was busted for pot a decade ago. Then there’s the West Memphis Three — Jessie Misskelley Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols. They were branded Satanists and found guilty in 1994 of the gruesome murders of three boys, but maintained their innocence throughout. Their cases gained... [ MORE ]

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