Wednesday, July 19, 2006

It's About Time: Arkansas Gov. Pardons Keith Richards

In a show of the tolerance and love for fellow man we've come to find all but synonymous with the state of Arkansas, Governor Mike Huckabee proudly joins the ranks of the pardon-happy AR governors who came before him -- he and the state Parole Board approved an application for clemency that will, after nearly 31 painful years, return Keith Richards' good name to an unblemished state. The Rolling Stones guitarist pleaded guilty to reckless driving in the state in 1975, and Huckabee was deeply concerned that Richards' feelings about Arkansas were "marred by a misdemeanor traffic stop." Because, you know, Arkansas is great otherwise.

John said...

In America, all are supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law. This is a case of "It's not what you did; it's who you are."

How is this any different from Slick Willie pardoning his cokehead brother?

How can you claim to be a member of the Law and Order Party if you ignore the law and equal protection?

All this does is shine a light on the fact that in Arkansas, some are more equal than others, and some are above the law.

Anonymous said...

Pardon me, John, but you're missing the point somewhat. You see, Mr. Richard's, just in case you didn't know this, lives outside the United States. That makes him outside the reach of a Subpoena issued by an Arkansas court, which means that the State of Arkansas is totally without the ability to compel his attendance in our courts, unless he chooses to be there. So, Governor Huckabee's pardon of Mr. Richards was just a way of saying that we have no hard feelings and if the should happen to be a Stones concert in Arkansas at some point, I am sure it would be very well attended.

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The Rolling Stones guitarist pleaded guilty
to reckless driving in the state in 1975.