BEG PARDON  2:24 pm May 15, 2012

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

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Chin chin!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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nounverb911 May 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

While they're at it someone should ask Mike Huckleberry about pardoning cop-killers.

SorosBot May 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

And pardoning rapists (who then go on to become murderers) because their victim was a distant relative of Bill Clinton's, also too.

Chill-A-Sketch May 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Was the pardoned man a Republican State Representative by any chance?

actor212 May 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Better.

He was a revenooer…. (with mug shotty goodness!)

Chill-A-Sketch May 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

He looks like a fatter, drunker version of Brietbart.

Sophist[Kochblocker] May 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

"He looks like a [...] drunker version of Brietbart."

I find that highly implausible.

sullivanst May 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Sounds like someone was hoping his tax returns would be looked at by friendly eyes…

bikerlaureate May 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Easier yet – how much did he donate to Republican candidates?

Biel_ze_Bubba May 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Next best thing … he had "well connected friends" who told the Parole Board what a swell fellow he was.

The purpose of the pardon, by the way, was to save him from spending a whole year under supervision in a County Drug Court program. This, apparently, was just an intolerable imposition on Mr. Bostick's (white Southern male) lifestyle.

hagajim May 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Good thing li'l Haley isn't running for Preznit isn't it. We prolly won't be seeing him on the teevee anytime soon either would be my guess.

Barb May 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Ick! A picture of Haley Barbour. Needs more Chippendale and less Clydesdale.

didgen May 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

What is wrong with sleekly muscled thighs, sweet smelling breath, the wonderful feel of muscles working undeneath you? OH MY GAWD, you meant that guy. I was having a clydesdale moment.

Baconzgood May 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I'm guessing, but I'm not sure, that the man with the DUI was white and that maybe the girls killed wern't white.

YasserArraFeck May 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Oh Boy, is that guy white! He's the cream of Mississippi whiteness.

JustPixelz May 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Everyone involved is white. IMHO the DUI guy resembles Barbor — especially in the lard ass region. From the article

A police investigation found that Bostick was under the influence of alcohol while driving but has determined that he was not at fault for the accident, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Bostick has not been charged, and his case is expected to go before a grand jury, according to the state attorney's office.

Baconzgood May 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

In PA if you're in an accident, even if you're in a parked car, behind the wheel with keys in the ignition, and over the limit it is automatically your fault.

(at least that's what I'm informed)

prommie May 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Which is really just wrong. Just because someone is driving drunk doesn't mean they caused the accident, necessarily. This one, for example, sounds like the 18-year old pulled out in front of him.

IceCreamEmpress May 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Even white girls are just girls.

Biel_ze_Bubba May 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Yeah, but white is white … you're missing the key point in this filthy conspiracy: http://www.vnnforum.com/showthread.php?t=141749

They've yet to invent anything so crazy, that a racist southern slackjaw can't make it even more crazy!

swordfis May 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Amazing –

grex1949 May 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Truly.

BaldarTFlagass May 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

"Also: since he was pardoned for his THIRD DUI, this won’t be treated as Bostick’s FOURTH."

No worries, they have a "10 strikes and you're out" policy regarding DUIs.

actor212 May 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Ironically, that's how many strikes Barbour was allowed at the annual Governor-Press softball game

WunkRocker May 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

"10 strikes for whites against blacks, browns, and poors and you're out."
FYP. Paris Trout. Also.

sewollef May 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

"No worries, they have a "10 strikes and you're out" policy regarding DUIs."

Isn't that a 10 deaths and you're out in Mississippi?

Biel_ze_Bubba May 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

In Mississippi, a drunk can stand his ground inside his car. (Actually, that might only apply to the inside of a pickup truck. I'll have to check.)

memzilla May 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Four DUI pardons? This guy Bostick must have some really interesting pictures of Haley Barbour.

Texan_Bulldog May 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

That is exactly what I was thinking. I mean I could overlook 2 or 3 pardons, but 4!?! Must have some Haley playing Ned Beatty in Deliverence-type pics.

sullivanst May 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

No, four offenses, only one of which was pardoned (the first two were non-felony, the 1st third conviction was felony and hence pardoned because only black people are supposed to be prevented from voting, and now the 2nd third offense [since the 3rd was pardoned, the 4th is also a 3rd offense] is going to court).

NYNYNYjr May 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Are you saying Barbour is releasing drunk drivers to intimidate black people from going out to vote? B/c I would believe it.

sullivanst May 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

That's a little too much thinking-like-a-Republican for me ;)I was merely hinting that felons wouldn't be barred from voting if there was no racial disparity in felony conviction rates, and that the pardon system helps “correct” when the “wrong” people lose their right to vote.

BaldarTFlagass May 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

It would have been the epitome of O Henry irony if Bostick had killed Barbour in that car wreck.

Biel_ze_Bubba May 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Seems like it's only a matter of time, with this guy.

YasserArraFeck May 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

He was standing his ground against that damn' car pulling out into his lane, dammit.

SorosBot May 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

But what's a little vehicular manslaughter between friends?

memzilla May 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Dunno. Let's ask Laura Bush.

sewollef May 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Ooh… I believe they call that a perfectly timed release.

Baconzgood May 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Or Ted Kennedy.

nounverb911 May 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

And how many people are still in jail for DWBs?

Biel_ze_Bubba May 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

AOT,K

actor212 May 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Look, give Haley a break! The poor man was just relieving Mississippi's overburdened court system by clearing out a case so the next one could proceed! It's not like he performed an abortion with a wire hanger or something!

memzilla May 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Except to justice. But justice is probably used to it by now.

sullivanst May 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Justice rubs the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again.

BaldarTFlagass May 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Charity Smith was maybe a black person, and they've got plenty more where she came from, especially now that Governor Bryant has found the get-around for Roe v Wade.

IceCreamEmpress May 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

No, she was a blondeish white girl. But a girl, and not a man. A rich Republican donor man.

Lascauxcaveman May 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I don't know what this DUI guy has on Barbour, but I bet in involves an albino dwarf, methamphetamines, several species of new world monkeys and a tub of Crisco.

sewollef May 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

You happen to have that on YouToob, by chance?

Lascauxcaveman May 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

If I did, would you actually want to watch it?

sewollef May 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Hmm. Good point.

Haley Fatfuck doesn't strike me as a fine figure of a man… and as for the 'girls'….

Callyson May 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

"I'm sorry if my actions offended anyone" non – apology from Barbour in 3…2…1…

Chichikovovich May 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

What was Barbour's motivation? Was the DUI victim a very distant relative of Bill Clinton?.

actor212 May 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Vince Foster's Revenge! *gasp*

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Clearly this is unfair, as Mr. Bostick was just trying to perform a legal abortion in Mississippi.

coolhandnuke May 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

In Mississippi there's a lot of hope and faith for repeat white DUIers…and alas, one less Charity.

MissTaken May 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Are DUI's even illegal in Mississippi? I mean are they illegal for white men?

SorosBot May 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Heck, if you tell a Mississippi redneck they can't drive while drunk then how are they supposed to get anywhere after ten AM?

YasserArraFeck May 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Being drunk most/all of the time is pretty much the only way I could live in Mis'sippi.

DahBoner May 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I can't possibly drink enough to live in MS….

bumfug May 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Nice to know that there are so few cases of unjust convictions in Mississippi that Barbour has to use his allotment of pardons on actually guilty drunken murderers. Use 'em or lose 'em, right Haley?

MissTaken May 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Come on people, it's not like getting 3 DUIs means you're more likely to get a 4th. I'm sure they were all just coincidences, definitely not a pattern.

Chichikovovich May 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Absolutely! If the second DUI doesn't teach him his lesson, the 3rd unquestionably will. That's just human nature, to learn from your mistakes.

Baconzgood May 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Now he gets 2 chances at a 3rd.

actor212 May 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

With 4 you get a free pardon!

BaldarTFlagass May 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

And a case of beer!

Lascauxcaveman May 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

With 6 you get eggroll!

(Sorry, somebody had to.)

Texan_Bulldog May 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Well, well, well…look who's channeling Dr. Phil. Ha ha!

ManchuCandidate May 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

It's not soft on crime when a good Xtian man pardons another good Xtian man especially when they're white.

sullivanst May 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Doubly especially when they've "found God".

Fairtackle May 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

We should send some Seattle cops to MS. He may get off but not until after having the shit tased out of him.

DaRooster May 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

SO, CNN can get these emails… but not the ones between the "W Parties" about 9/11 and bring them up on charges?

DerrickWildcat May 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Clearly a crime of passion…passion for booze and driving.

Jus_Wonderin May 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

What's the big deal? It was just one woman, right?

SorosBot May 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

It's not like he killed a person with a penis or anything.

MissTaken May 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

And she was probably on her way to the single abortion clinic in Miss so really he was doing her a favor.

chicken_thief May 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

And did you see how she was dressed?! She was just asking for it!

Reginald_Perrin May 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

"pardoning a drunk driver for his third offense while he was in jail for killing a girl during his fourth."

IOKIYR

johnnyzhivago May 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

This case is so confusing, if I were a Mississippi prosecutor, I'd just let him go and see if it happens again.

Chill-A-Sketch May 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

If Republicans believe in "Personal Responsibility," why do they need pardons?

johnnyzhivago May 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Exactly – and by the same token, why send white people to prison at all? Just release them to their own recognizance and trust they will learn from their mistake.

arihaya May 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

"born again" .. "found Jesus"… bla bla bla that kind of thing

johnnyzhivago May 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Speaking of tragedy in the old south, one of the Discovery Channel "Swamp People" guys apparently fell off a boat and done had a heart attack and then drowned himself, or got cut to a million pieces by the propeller, or got hisself dang-it all eaten up by a big ole alligator or somethin'…

HistoriCat May 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

It's the way he would have wanted to go.

Warwhatgoodfor May 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Now don't you go bad mouthing Mitchell. He was a fine good ol' boy! And weren't even from that Mississippi shithole you been talking about. He were a fine squirrel hunter. Only shot his brother in the ass twice that I recollect. He had six of his own natural teeth,took a bath every single damn year, could talk pure Cajun gibberish even when ston drunk, and was thinking about buying a pair of shoes. Rumor had the local reepublicans might run him for congress seein' as how the current man had been caught with his dick up some boys ass. Again. Fine church going' man, never borrowed more than twenty dollars or so from the collection plate. Damn shame.

SayItWithWookies May 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I hope the day comes when Haley Barbour finds out that the world is not a rerun of The Dukes of Hazzard and his small-minded assholery has serious consequences for him. But I'm not sure I'd bet it'll come.

el_donaldo May 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

This is making Mississippi look like … um … Mississippi?

Baconzgood May 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

NORTH CAROLINIA LIBEL!

Jus_Wonderin May 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Drunk drivers don't kill people, cars do.

V572 Is this him? May 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Reason FAIL. By that logic, gun control would work. And we know it doesn't.

Jus_Wonderin May 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I thought cars had to go through a waiting period before buying a gun.

V572 Is this him? May 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

As they used to say in Mississippi before the Late Unpleasantness, people don't enslave people…

randcoolcatdaddy May 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Congratulations, Romney … you've found your VP candidate….

Mahousu May 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

He'll need another pardon first.

You were talking about the DUI guy, right?

el_donaldo May 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

[fingers crossed]

Dildeaux May 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

People in the shithole state of Alabama say thank gawd for Missippi. Its the only place worse than Alabama.
(And Roll damn Tide people!)

YasserArraFeck May 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

We used to say the same thing in Arkansas – I imagine it's a universal sentiment throughout the US

sullivanst May 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

We know they say it in North Carolina.

MissTaken May 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

We're Not The Worst!
We're Not The Worst!
Go Bama, Roll Tide!

mavenmaven May 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Its ok, he only killed a girl, probably saved her from having an abortion or using birth control some day.

YasserArraFeck May 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hey, at least Harry boy's not a hom'seckshul, right?

DahBoner May 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

But this girl he killed was NOT a fetus, so NO BIG DEAL…

niblick77 May 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Deny, deny, deny.

mavenmaven May 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm

All joking aside, seeing this really broke my heart. http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/03/justice/mississippi

Blueb4sunrise May 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm

How long did our editrix search to find a photo of Haley with exactly the same expression as the sow in the cage?

Lynne May 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Jabba, the gross slug, indeed. I sometimes look hard into their faces and wonder what they used to look like when they were still human.

smashedinhat May 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Now that's the picture of a man who could fart in a room full of people and laugh about it.

sewollef May 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

From CNN's story:
Oxford Police Sgt. Hildon Sessums arrested Bostick twice over a span of a year for DUI.

Hildon Sessums…. really? It's a made up name to make Mississippi seem more 'cracker' than it is, right?

scarface99 May 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

romney barbour 2012….to restore whitey to the white house

James Michael Curley May 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Is is cruel and unusual punishment to staple this guy's mouth shut?

LettucePrey May 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

In other words: "Mississippi blahblahblah Mississippi blahblahblah"

prommie May 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

But he's a good old boy.

chicken_thief May 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

When I embark on my porn star career, I am totalling using the name "Delbert Hosemann".

glamourdammerung May 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

This was actually surprising to me. Even if it was mostly because it seemed like Barbour only pardoned men that murdered their wives/girlfriends/ex-wives/etc.

NYNYNYjr May 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Footsoldiers in the war on women.

outragedcitizen May 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm

My question is how much did Boswick contribute to Barbour's campaign war chest.

NYNYNYjr May 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Mr Barbour? Gov. Romney's on the line. I think this is the call you were waiting for.

ttommyunger May 16, 2012 at 12:07 am

Ha! Kids today…

George Spelvin May 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

So, I'm late here, but for some reason, the name "Bostick" is making a subconscious bell ring. I'll go google it, but the twinge is obscure. Does anybody recall why this would be a significant name?

Biel_ze_Bubba May 16, 2012 at 6:50 am

What brand of stapler do you use?

George Spelvin May 17, 2012 at 1:09 am

Several, including Stanley, but I think the reference my mind was making was to the forward base in Afghanistan, which was in the news late last year.

Biel_ze_Bubba May 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

At this point, the only effective solution is to do is take the driver-side seat belt and air bags out of the fucker's truck.

spends2much May 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Jails in Mississippi are for blahs who kill (or look funny at) white people, and ladies who refuse to turn their ladyparts over to the State. DUI? The guvmint shouldn't be tellin' people how much moonshine they can swig.

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