Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says that critics have unfairly focused on his former career as a Southern Baptist pastor rather than his role as Arkansas governor.
“It’s been fascinating to me that people have tried to marginalize me as a candidate of the fringe,” said Huckabee at a February 12 breakfast meeting with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
“How many other candidates are most depicted by what they were 20 years ago? Last time I was a Baptist minister was 1991. . . . The attempt to ghettoize me into a small, arcane part of my biography has been remarkable.” Huckabee said he has served in “an executive capacity” longer than others in the presidential race.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).