Murray Waas is back. In a lengthy posting on the Huffington Post, reporter Waas adds important new details to the story he reported for us in 2002 on killer Wayne Dumond and Gov. Mike Huckabee's extraordinary advocacy of Dumond's release from prison.
Waas details evidence that Huckabee had even more reason than has been previously known to question whether Dumond was a good candidate for release.
But the confidential files obtained by the Huffington Post show that Huckabee was provided letters from several women who had been sexually assaulted by Dumond and who indeed predicted that he would rape again - and perhaps murder - if released.
In a letter that has never before been made public, one of Dumond's victims warned: "I feel that if he is released it is only a matter of time before he commits another crime and fear that he will not leave a witness to testify against him the next time." Before Dumond was granted parole at Huckabee's urging, records show that Huckabee's office received a copy of this letter from Arkansas' parole board.
This tends to put the lie to Huckabee's recent assertion on CNN: "None of us could've predicted what [Dumond] could've done when he got out."
There is more to come on this from other sources. You should hear in coming days about how key members of Huckabee's staff urged him to prevent Dumond's release..
Bottom line: Huckabee worked strenuously, in various ways, in Dumond's interest. (Among others: The majority of the parole board has said on the record that Huckabee urged them to release Dumond. No member has denied it.) Dumond was released. He killed again, perhaps twice. Huckabee's judgment about Dumond was wrong. He refuses to admit any lapse of judgment or even a shred of responsibility. The record is overwhelmingly against him. Does it matter in this election? Perhaps only slightly. Instructive are dozens of comments posted yesterday on a recent ABC report on the case. Those inclined to like Huckabee are inclined to dismiss the reporting.
Byron York writes in National Review that Huck has no choice now but to explain himself.
Here, the Kansas City Star quotes mothers of the two Missouri murder victims in harsh assessments of Huckabee's actions.
Dumond isn't all the emerging front-runner must contend with. At last, here Rich Lowry, somebody is writing more about his "daft tax plan."
And here's former Huckabee staffer David Sanders writing about how his former boss was nailed on ABC trying to have it both ways on immigration.