John Fetterman Campaign Walks Back Idea to Free Second-Degree Murderers From Prison
“commissioned two reports last year released by Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) that recommended the BOP consider merit-based clemency for currently incarcerated second-degree murderers”
Pennsylvania Democrat Senate candidate John Fetterman is rethinking a campaign talking point about releasing second-degree murderers from prison.
Two years ago, when Democrats first started talking about defunding the police, this probably seemed like a good idea to Fetterman. Now that public sentiment has shifted? Not so much.
Jessica Chasmar reports at FOX News:
Fetterman campaign walks back apparent call to ‘free’ every convicted second-degree murderer
The campaign of Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman is walking back comments he made last year that appeared to call for the release of all second-degree murderers from Pennsylvania’s prisons.
Fetterman, the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor who chairs the state’s Board of Pardons (BOP), commissioned two reports last year released by Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) that recommended the BOP consider merit-based clemency for currently incarcerated second-degree murderers, as well as for the state legislature to reform the law that mandates life sentences without parole for second-degree murder convictions.
Fetterman said at the time that he commissioned the reports in a call for “mercy for the deserving and rehabilitated.”
During a PLSE press conference on March 1, 2021, Fetterman said the reports documented “the lives that are destroyed” and “the resources that are wasted” due to Pennsylvania’s statute, and that he hoped the reports’ findings would “lead to a conversation” that would free close to 1,200 people.
“I hope that it could lead to a conversation that would free close to 1,200 people of a legacy that never made sense, that encompasses victims’ input, encompasses their conduct and behavior in prison, it takes a look at the resources that are wasted that…,” he said.
Now that crime is one of the top issues for voters in the midterms, this sounds even crazier than it did last year.
And *massive* annual savings for PA taxpayers.
If you think Morgan Freeman should have died in Shawshank, don’t waste your time reading it.
Otherwise, that metaphor is very much the face of LWOP- especially 2nd Murder- in PA.
Mercy must be a partner to justice.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 4, 2021
Fetterman is now even going so far as to say that he will not vote to defund police, but he is allied with a far-left outfit that is dedicated to the idea of defunding police.
Chuck Ross reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
John Fetterman Says He Won’t Defund The Police. His Latest Campaign Partner Says Otherwise.
Senate hopeful John Fetterman says he opposes efforts to defund police departments. That could put him at odds with his latest campaign partner, a left-wing political action committee that has called critics of the radical cause “squeamish centrists” and “appeasers.”
Brand New Congress, founded by organizers for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign, on Tuesday endorsed Fetterman as a “bold, progressive voice” who if elected will bring “transformational change” to the Senate. The organization also announced a joint fundraising initiative with Fetterman that will split contributions between the PAC and Fetterman’s campaign.
Brand New Congress has repeatedly called to defund law enforcement and said it supports progressives who are “unapologetic” in supporting that and other “revolutionary change.” The group has urged lawmakers to sign Rep. Cori Bush’s (D., Mo.) pledge to defund police and has accused former president Barack Obama of “appeasement” for criticizing the movement’s slogan.
Fetterman’s health is obviously not his only issue. He must explain all of this to the people of Pennsylvania before the election.
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Too late, communist. You outed yourself.
“As I have watched myself fall in the polls I’ve had a rethinking. That is, I see that the people aren’t as stupid as I had first believed.”
So I’ll lie to them now, flip flopping in order to get elected. THEN I’ll work to implement my idiotic and destructive agenda.
The fact such an idea was ever walked forward in the first place is asinine.
And 100% disqualifying
It’s not getting “walked back;” it is stumbling back.
Walking Back is the newest exercise fad for our corporate media/government fascist co-conspirators
Has anyone contacted Morgan Freeman for comment?
This whole thing reads like a fifth-grade class election campaign, doesn’t it?
“Disclosure: John Fetterman does not necessarily speak for the John Fetterman Senate Campaign.”
My thoughts exactly, Morgan Freeman
What’s the big deal? Joe Biden does not necessarily speak for the Joe Biden Presidency.
Yes, yes, that’s the point… it’s a TREND!
Democrats do a lot of walking back these days. Walk, walk, walk. Back, back, back.
Pretend like I didn’t say it. Well, if I said it, I really didn’t mean it.
Fetterman is a buffoon. People who murder strangers are extremely dangerous and should, IMO, be executed or sentenced to life without parole. Folks who commit violent crimes must be incarcerated for sufficient time in a sufficiently unpleasant, not the same as inhumane, environment as to create a deterrent.
Criminals should be fearful of consequences not indifferent to them. Prison should be unpleasant not an inconvenience. Legislators must return the ability to Judges, DA and LEO to act to protect citizens. Cutting a kid a break for a first time non violent offense is likely good policy. Offering similar compassion to repeat offenders is horrible policy and the backlash is coming.
I understand he also wants to give serial killers a second chance if it’s their first offense.
That is just so Oberlin of him.
Fool the public
As many beto signs I’m seeing, it’s going well
I don’t see what’s so outrageous about considering parole for second-degree murder. Pennsylvania is kind of an oddball in insisting on mandatory life without parole for 2nd degree murder. In New York, it’s 15-25 years. West Virginia is 10-40. Ohio is 15 to life.
Recidivism is the problem, as it is with criminal illegals that keep coming back after being deported.
People are charged and incarcerated with skanky stuff all the time so i want to know the facts first. Would you send a dad to prison for life who’s 7yr old daughter was just molested in a 7/11 bathroom and beat that pervert to death in the parking lot? Not me.
I wouldn’t vote to convict him of anything tronger than simple battery, which moots the entire question.
Fetterman wants to release him AFTER he’s been convicted.
Pretty outrageous from the victims and their survivors point of view. Also you may be surprised to learn how many murderers are paroled and murder again.
Just search on “murderers who were paroled and murdered again”.
And if that’s too many hits to read, just search for murderers who murdered people while they were out ON BAIL for another murder.
What a retard … Morgan Freeman was never locked up at Shawshank. That was just a movie.
But it COULD have happened.
Then again, knowing what MF thinks of me, I’d have no problem with a government that incarcerated him.
“The candidate does not speak for the campaign.”
Dosen’t this guy own any clothes beside hoodies? A couple of cheap suits and shirts could go a long way.
You can’t wear a suit over the alien larvae that is developing in his neck. Man I hope he finally agrees to a televised debate and that thing hatches out of his neck on live tv!
Big electric billboard this week had Fetterman Soft on Crime on it along highway here.
He in public might try and take it back but will not change as he believes criminals are not responsible for their actions.
Fetterman belongs in a straitjacket, confined to a mental institution. He’s yet another ne’er-do-well, shiftless, parasitic Dumb-o-crat, peddling the same indefensible, callous and idiotic criminal-coddling policies.
Frankly, my biggest problem, on a non-partisan intellectual level, with John Fetterman is that he seems to be running for Governor, instead of US Senator. His issues are the issues of a Governor’s race.
When was the last time, a Senate candidate talked about pardons ?
Well, he’s not talking about them NOW.
He talked about them when he WAS running for Lieutenant Governor, and won, and they’re coming back to haunt him now.
Enough with the friggen sweat jackets trust fund boy. Put on a shirt and tie, your not fooling anyone and im not voting for anyone that cant dress properly like an adult
people ask about the huge growth on his neck.
they should ask the growth about the huge ass boil attached to it.