Man Charged In DUI Death For Which He Was In Jail When Haley Barbour Pardoned Him For Other DUI


Oopsie. What has gross slug and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour done to subvert justice this time? Oh, basically a reverse-cowgirl of the time Michael Dukakis furloughed Willie Horton, but this time by pardoning a drunk driver for his third offense while he was in jail for killing a girl during his fourth.

[After his three previous DUIs,] on October 7, [Harry] Bostick was driving under the influence again, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Charity Smith attempted to pull out onto a highway just outside Tupelo when Bostick's truck slammed into the side of her car, the patrol says.

Smith was killed, and her older sister suffered serious injuries. Bostick was jailed for violating his probation from his previous DUI cases. [...]

When he received the pardon in January [for his third offense], the convicted DUI felon still sat in an Oxford, Mississippi, jail cell, awaiting formal charges for the arrest tied to that case.

That is pretty fucked up, but maybe Barbour wasn't aware of it?

Barbour had said that he wasn't aware of Bostick's October 2011 DUI arrest when he chose to pardon him. But e-mails obtained by CNN show that the governor's office did, in fact, know about it.

Amanda Jones, the governor's chief counsel, and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann were told about the October car crash that killed Smith just days after it happened.

Jones and Hosemann were even urged by a lawyer in the firm that represented Bostick not to issue the pardon, according to the e-mails.

Got it, CNN, thanks. Also: since he was pardoned for his THIRD DUI, this won't be treated as Bostick's FOURTH. [CNN]

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