News accounts say Huckabee commuted Clemmons' sentence, citing Clemmons' young age at the time the crimes were committed.
But Clemmons remained on parole -- and soon after landed in trouble again. In March 2001, he was accused of violating his parole by committing aggravated robbery and theft, according to a story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
He was returned to prison on a parole violation. But in what appears to have been a mistake, Clemmons was not actually served with the arrest warrants until leaving prison three years later. As a result, Clemmons' attorney argued that the charges should be dismissed because too much time had passed. Prosecutors dropped the charges.
It also strikes me that for all the talking we do about the convicted innocents, and draconian laws, that the sword cuts both ways. If there are people in jail who shouldn't be, there are just as many people on the streets who shouldn't be.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.