Outgoing Kentucky Gov. Bevin Pardons 428 Criminals on Last Day

Headline Roundup December 13th, 2019

This post was updated Saturday 12/14 at 10:19 a.m. EST to include a story from Fox Online News

Outgoing Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) pardoned 428 criminals on Thursday, his last day in office, as first reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Bevin, who received a campaign endorsement from President Donald Trump before losing to new governor Andy Beshear (D) last month, argued in his pardon order that due process was infringed upon for some of the pardoned, including a convicted rapist; state prosecutors said they were not consulted on the decisions beforehand.

Reports focused mostly on specific crimes committed by some of the 428, and also on the fact that one of the pardoned raised money for Bevin in 2015. The majority of reporting on this topic is from left-leaning outlets.

Outgoing Kentucky Gov. Bevin Pardons 428 Criminals on Last Day

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Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned 428 people -- including some violent offenders -- between Election Day last month and the end of his term Tuesday, the state Secretary of State's Office said this week, prompting calls for an investigation by state officials.

Those pardoned by Bevin included a man convicted of reckless homicide, a convicted child rapist, a man who murdered his parents at age 16, and a woman who threw her newborn in the trash after giving birth in a flea market outhouse. Bevin wrote that the woman,...

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From the Center
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Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin departed the governor's mansion three days ago, but the reverberations of some of his final actions are still being felt across the state.

Bevin, a Republican who narrowly lost a bid for a second term last month, issued pardons to hundreds of people, including convicted rapists, murderers and drug offenders.

In one case, Bevin pardoned a man whose whose family raised more than $20,000 to pay off money still owed from his 2015 gubernatorial campaign.

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From the Left
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(CNN)Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin issued 428 pardons in his final days in office after his November defeat to Democrat Andy Beshear, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

That list includes a man who killed his parents, another convicted of reckless homicide and a woman who threw her newborn in the trash, the Washington Post reported.
Dayton Jones, who was convicted after sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy, was also pardoned according to Kentucky New Era.

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