Nothing like ending 2018 with a bang.
Yesterday, New York Governor Cuomo granted clemency to 29 convicts. Among them were four who were serving long sentences for murder.
Why? Because he seemingly wanted to send a message to President Trump.
In total, 22 inmates were pardoned. Nine more had sentences commuted. Four of those were sentences for murder and three were for armed robbery.
Among those who were given pardons were several immigrants who were facing possible deportation. Now they can be with their families, the governor said.
“These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York.”
That’s right. The governor who just freed those implicated in the deaths of others is talking about keeping families together.
Let’s dive a little deeper into that.
49-year-olds Alphonso Riley-James and Roy Bolus have each served 30 years of their life sentences. They were part of a group involved in a drug deal in Albany that fell apart and left two men dead. That’s a couple of families that are no longer together… because their loved ones are dead.
But the merciful and loving governor pointed out that they were good boys in prison and felt bad about things.
Then there were two other convicted killers who Cuomo says he took pity on because they were crime victims themselves.
When Dennis Woodbine was 19, he was chasing a group of young men who had stolen his jewelry in Brooklyn. He pulled out a gun and shot at them. But he missed and killed an innocent bystander. He’s now 42 and has served about 22 years of a 25-to-life sentence. That poor guy just wanted his stuff back, right?
Then there was 38-year-old Michael Crawford, who was convicted at 17-years-old of shooting an individual who stole concert tickets from him in Buffalo back in 1999. He’s already served 20 years of a 22-to-life sentence. That’s good enough, right?
Then there were the other prisoners convicted of robbery or weapons possession.
They’re now out.
That’s right – the same governor who would like to see his citizens legally disarmed just commuted murder and weapons possessions convictions. Because people who legally acquired firearms are the bad guys… not murderers.
While freeing these convicts, the Trump hating Democrat took a shot at the President.
“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities.”
If you think Cuomo is alone, you’re wrong. As a matter of fact, last week the California Supreme Court rejected California Governor Jerry Brown’s attempts to commute the sentences of longtime prison inmates, including a Sacramento man who beat a man to death back in 1997.
In recent weeks, the court has denied 10 of Brown’s clemency actions. It’s the first time they’ve made such a move in a half century.
On Christmas Eve, Brown issued 143 pardons and 131 commutations. Nine of the 10 inmates who had commutations were rejected had been convicted in homicide cases.
It’s sort of a “thing” for Brown, who has been looking to stick it to President Trump for years.
Last December, Brown granted pardons to two men who were going to be deported for committing crimes while in the U.S. With the pardons, the reason for the applicants’ deportations was eliminated.
The Democrat governor seems to believe in the power of redemption over the power of law enforcement, and has been actively blocking law enforcement officers in his state from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
He says it’s all about mercy.
But what about mercy for the victims? For their families? For those who follow the law?
And of course it begs the question… if governors are looking out for the illegal aliens… who is looking out for the legal citizens who are being murdered?