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

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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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121 comments

  1. nounverb911

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

    1. SorosBot

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

        1. Sophist[Kochblocker]

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

          I find that highly implausible.

      1. sullivanst

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

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      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.

  2. hagajim

    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.

    1. didgen

      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.

  3. Baconzgood

    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.

    1. JustPixelz

      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.

      1. Baconzgood

        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)

        1. prommie

          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.

  4. BaldarTFlagass

    "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.

      1. WunkRocker

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

    1. sewollef

      "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?

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        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.)

  5. memzilla

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

    1. Texan_Bulldog

      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.

    2. sullivanst

      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).

      1. NYNYNYjr

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

        1. sullivanst

          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.

  6. BaldarTFlagass

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

  7. YasserArraFeck

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

  8. actor212

    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!

  9. BaldarTFlagass

    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.

    1. IceCreamEmpress

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

  10. Lascauxcaveman

    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.

        1. sewollef

          Hmm. Good point.

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

  11. Callyson

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

  12. Lionel[redacted]Esq

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

  13. coolhandnuke

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

    1. SorosBot

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

      1. YasserArraFeck

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

  14. bumfug

    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?

  15. MissTaken

    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.

    1. Chichikovovich

      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.

  16. Fairtackle

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

  17. DaRooster

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

      1. MissTaken

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

  18. Reginald_Perrin

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

    IOKIYR

    1. johnnyzhivago

      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.

  19. johnnyzhivago

    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'…

    1. Warwhatgoodfor

      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.

  20. SayItWithWookies

    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.

    1. V572 Is this him?

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

        1. V572 Is this him?

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

  21. Dildeaux

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

    1. YasserArraFeck

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

  22. mavenmaven

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

  23. Blueb4sunrise

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

  24. Lynne

    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.

  25. smashedinhat

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

  26. sewollef

    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?

  27. chicken_thief

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

  28. glamourdammerung

    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.

  29. NYNYNYjr

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

  30. George Spelvin

    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?

      1. George Spelvin

        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.

  31. Biel_ze_Bubba

    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.

  32. spends2much

    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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