Instead, I found a sorry history of Huckabee failing to do his homework. He commuted the sentence of a three-time drunken driver serving a six-year sentence -- only to see the man become a four-time drunken driver. Huckabee commuted the sentence of rapist Wayne Dumond, who went on to kill a Missouri woman.
In 2004, Huckabee commuted the sentence of convicted murderer Denver Witham after prosecuting attorney Robert Herzfeld revealed that Witham had omitted some of his convictions on his pardon application. When Herzfeld wrote a letter to Huckabee suggesting that the governor accept more public input on clemency issues and explain his reasons for each decision, an aide responded that the governor laughed out loud at Herzfeld's letter, closing, "I wish you success as you cut down on your caffeine consumption."
Team Huckabee isn't laughing now.