This Democrat Governor pardoned 40 murderers in one of his last acts

Jan 5, 2024

Democrats are willing to take any actions that promote increasing crime rates.

They’ve defunded police, refused to prosecute violent criminals, and even let violent repeat offenders out of prison.

And now this Democrat Governor pardoned 40 murderers in one of his last acts.

Outgoing Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has reportedly pardoned 56 inmates since October 2022, including at least 40 who have been convicted of murder.

Releasing convicted murderers to free up space

Fox News Digital reported that due to 1,094 people per 100,000 who are currently incarcerated in some form in Louisiana prisons, Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards made it his goal to reduce that number during his final term in the Governor’s mansion. 

But the Governor’s actions have resulted in the release of convicted murderers who have been pardoned by the lame duck Governor.

“For as long as I can remember, Louisiana reflexively responded to an increase in crime by putting more people in prison and keeping them there longer,” Edwards said.

“We’ve never been made safer as a result of that,” Edwards claimed. “There is no data to suggest that an increase in crime here was because of the reforms.”

But Edwards also decided to release prisoners who have been convicted of drug dealing, robbery, and arson, according to the report. 

And in the worst cases, a total of 40 convicted murders have been pardoned by Edwards over the course of the last three months alone.

In fact, the Daily Mail reported that among those released by Edwards was a man who was just hours away from being put in the electric chair for the murder of a taxi driver in 1983.

Releasing the most violent offenders back into the general public

That inmate’s name is David Rushing, of New Orleans, who was 18 when he confessed that he shot and killed the taxi driver after Rushing’s attempt to rob a convenience store and gas station was stopped.

Though he was sentenced to death, his lawyers successfully appealed, claiming prosecutorial misconduct and an ineffective defense.

Another convicted murderer pardoned by Edwards was Anthony Riggins, who shot and killed a 68-year-old shopkeeper in a New Orleans suburb. 

Riggins was convicted of that crime in 1977.

And yet a third convicted murderer released by Edwards was Benson Dean Vampran, who was found guilty of murdering a hitchhiker in 1984 and then raping his wife. 

He was 25 at the time of the crimes.

Despite these disturbing facts, Edwards said that he was proud of the work he has done to reduce the prison population over the past eight years.

“When I leave office, the state of Louisiana will be better than it was when I took office,” he claimed, listing a host of issues that he intended to tackle during his tenure.

He went on to claim that reducing the number of those in prison was a step in the right direction.

Criminal justice experts are not so sure and fear the people of Louisiana will face more violent crime, and more deaths, due to Edwards’ actions.

Hot Take Politics will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story. 

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