Prosecutor Upset With Governor Calls for New Clemency System

JULY 16, 2004 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Pulaski County prosecutor is calling for a new system for granting inmates clemency.  Prosecutor Larry Jegley is asking Governor Huckabee to stop granting clemency to prisoners until a new system is developed.

Governor Mike Huckabee's office accused Jegley of staging a publicity stunt.

Jegley says Huckabee has granted hundreds more clemencies than his predecessors.

Since 1996, Huckabee has granted 567 pardons and commuted 102 sentences.  Almost 40 percent of those 669 clemencies have been granted since 2003, according to the secretary of state's office.

Jegley said Governors Bill Clinton, Frank White and Jim Guy Tucker granted 507 clemencies combined in the 18 years before Huckabee took office.

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