Written By: Ishton W. Morton – December 28th, 2019
Ironically, it seems the out-going or former State of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has lost his way. He has moved to pardon an exceptionally high number of convicted criminals.
In particularly the lawmakers and majority of the citizenry are exceedingly concerned about the pardon of Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted of reckless homicide in a home invasion that dates back to 2014 in Knox County.
However according to Kentucky laws there is nothing wrong with Bevin using the executive power of a Governor to forgive a person convicted of a crime, and thus removing any remaining penalties or punishments and preventing any new prosecution of the person for the crime for which the pardon was given. But this time Bevin’s action is enormously questionable or as the saying goes he is completely out of order. It is one thing to be voted out of office, but to have lost all sense of dignity and good judgment is another.
Subsequently, Senate Democratic Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey and Representative Chris Harris asked the Kentucky State’s newly elected Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, to appoint a special prosecutor after Bevin filed 161 pardons and 419 commutations on his final day in office. However, it was not clear as to whether any of these pardons were given with any measure of expungement.
Reportedly, predicated on those whom were granted pardons, it is believed that at least five of them are convicted killers.
Accordingly, two (2) Democratic lawmakers have called for an investigation into some of the former Governor Matt Bevin’s pardons.
Although its common practice for Governor and Presidents to grant pardons, this time federal law enforcement sources has confirmed that the FBI is looking into these controversial pardons that were granted by Kentucky’s former Republican Governor Matt Bevin.
As a matter of fact, lawmakers from both major political parties are expressing their concerned over some of the pardons issued by Bevin just before he left office. It is believed that they were favors to supporters for monitory contributions.
As reported on CBS News by correspondent Don Dahler had this to say; “the mother of the child whose daughter’s rapist is going freed said, she wishes she’d been warned.”
She continued to say; “It just felt like a slap in the face. It felt like a ton of bricks hit me. I just kind of collapsed to the floor sobbing and crying,” she said. “I wish Bevin would have [come] talk to me first before he gave Micah a pardon, and that was never done.”
According to Rob Sanders Kentucky Public Prosecutor who greatly facilitated in putting Schoettle behind bars had this to say; “I was shocked to hear that he was even considering a pardon for Micah Schoettle, much less granting one. This was a very, very lengthy case that was litigated heavily. To hear that he was basically erasing all the work that we had done was just shocking.”
Under the law, a pardon is defined as an act of the Executive of a state or country whereby a person is forgiven of a crime. Also, if the person is still serving criminal penalties such as a prison sentence, that penalty is no longer in effect and the person will be released immediately. Any restrictions placed on ex-convicts do not apply to the pardoned person. Moreover, that being said, a pardon does not erase a conviction. However, the conviction remains on your criminal record and must be disclosed in any situation where information about past criminal activity is required.
Sanders who was extremely outraged had this to say. “This isn’t a Democrat prosecutor coming after a Republican governor. I was a supporter of Matt Bevin’s, but what he has done is just absolutely wrong. The problem is he’s granted hundreds of pardons to people with little or no research into who they are, what they did, or whether or not they’ve turned their lives around and are worthy of a pardon.”
Additionally, Sanders is investigating how Schoettle’s case got onto the governor’s desk and if there were any favors involved. He said the governor’s pardon file includes letters from the defendant and his family, but nothing from the victim, police or prosecutors in the case.
Reportedly, just last week in a radio interview Bevin, a father of nine defended his pardon to Schoettle and claimed there was no physical evidence.
Bitingly, Bevin continued to say, “If you have been repeatedly sexually violated as a small child by an adult, there are going to be repercussions of that physically and medically.”
Accordingly, Dr. George Nichols Kentucky’s former chief medical examiner criticized the comments in an interview with the Courier Journal, saying the statements were factually inaccurate.
In other words, factually inaccurate is defined as With regard to what is actually the case; in relation to fact. His assertion is factually incorrect and that the evidence is legally and factually insufficient. Nonetheless, he can say things that aren’t necessarily factually correct and get away with it. Sadly, its true!
A 2012 study found that about 90% of child victims don’t show any physical evidence of abuse. The question is; has Matt Bevin the Governor from former the State of Kentucky evolved into a monster?
However arguable, or dubious, Schoettle’s attorney claimed he is innocent and denied that his pardon was “bought.”