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Fetterman Campaign Does Damage Control After Apparent Call to Release Second-Degree Murderers


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I’m starting to understand why Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman doesn’t want to partake in a debate.

The more Fetterman speaks, the worse he makes himself look.

Fetterman made comments last year that appeared to advocate for the release of second-degree murders from Pennsylvania prisons.

Fetterman commissioned two separate reports last year calling for the consideration of merit-based clemency for incarcerated second-degree murderers.

Additionally, he called for reforming the law that mandates life without parole for such convictions.

He called it “mercy for the deserving and rehabilitated.”

Now his campaign is desperately attempting to walk those comments back.

Fox News has more on Fetterman’s past comments:

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.

Fetterman’s words are coming back to haunt him:

Fetterman’s priorities seem somewhat misplaced..

Fetterman’s campaign is desperately trying to walk back his comments according to the New York Post:

Fetterman “supports common sense criminal justice reforms that keep Pennsylvanians safe and protected while saving taxpayers money,” Fetterman campaign spokesman Joe Calvello said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “He believes there are people who deserve to spend the rest of their life in prison for the crimes they’ve committed. But the decision to do this should be left to judges and parole boards not politicians in Harrisburg.”

The campaign said Fetterman does not support releasing all prisoners serving life without parole for second-degree murder and that he believes there are individuals convicted of life without parole who deserve to remain in prison.

In response to a follow-up inquiry, the Fetterman campaign said his 2021 remarks at the PLSE conference “are being taken out of context,” and that it is not clear, based on Fetterman’s phrasing at the time, that he was talking about freeing people from prison.

 



 

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