2008 Best Buried Detail in Yesterday’s NYT
posted by December 10 at 15:19 PMon
For the last couple days I’ve been saying “President Huckabee” under my breath, just trying to get used to the sound of it. “President Huckabee. President Huckabee. President Huckabee.”
Since I’ve been so busy getting used to the sound of his name I really haven’t been following the rapist-pardoning, AIDS-quarantining stuff. But yesterday I read the front-page story on Huckabee in the New York Times, and, as did everyone who read that story in the print edition, came to the most startling little detail buried on the jump-to page. The rapist whom Huckabee either did or did not have a hand in getting released (and who later went on to murder a woman after getting out of prison) was named Wayne DuMond.
Mr. DuMond was convicted in the 1984 rape of a teenager who was a distant cousin of Bill Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas. While he was out on bail awaiting trial, Mr. DuMond said men forced his way into his home and castrated him, but the authorities said they thought he might have castrated himself in a play for sympathy. He was sentenced to life in prison.
That’s pretty startling already. Then comes this:
[S]oon after taking office, Mr. Huckabee met in October 1996 with members of the parole board, all of whom had been appointed by his Democratic predecessors. Mr. DuMondís case, with its twists and turns—including a $110,000 judgment against a sheriff who kept Mr. DuMondís testicles in a jar on his desk—had become something of a celebrated cause among conservative activists, who charged that Mr. Clintonís relation to the victim had led to Mr. DuMondís being railroaded.
Testicles. In a jar. On a sheriff’s desk.
As you were.