In a brazen display of audacity that smacks of lawlessness, the Democratic governor of Colorado pardoned a Cuban immigrant convicted of armed robbery to stave off his deportation.
Gov. John Hickenlooper took identity politics to a new level when he intervened on behalf of Rene Lima-Marin, 38, who came to the United States during the 1980 Mariel boat-lift.
Hickenlooper agrees with judge, that Rene Lima-Marin's suffering was draconian, a deprivation of his constitutional rights. pic.twitter.com/Tpwf6VMeLy
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Lima-Marin had his legal status revoked after being sentenced to 98 years in 2000, according to the Associated Press, and was mistakenly paroled from prison in 2008, only to be sent back in 2014 to serve out his sentence after authorities realized their mistake.
But leave it to a liberal judge to intervene on behalf of Lima-Marin, who had married and had a child while out.
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Despite being found guilty of multiple counts of kidnapping, burglary, aggravated robbery and use of a deadly weapon during commission of a crime, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. ordered him to be released, CNN reported.
“It would be utterly unjust to compel Lima-Marin, at this juncture, to serve the rest of his extremely long sentence,” Samour wrote in his decision, calling the man “an asset to society” and an “outstanding citizen.”
Never mind that Lima-Marin only served 8 years of the sentence.
Either way, immigration authorities picked him up before he could be returned to his family, citing a still-active deportation order from 2000, the AP reported.
His attorneys said a pardon was his only chance to stave off deportation… and that’s where Hickenlooper stepped in.
“This was a question of justice,” the governor said, according to the AP. “This was a pretty clear example of someone who’s done all the work necessary to earn a second chance.”
And while Lima-Marin has become the left’s latest “cause de celebre,” with much of the media all in, not all are in agreement with Hickenlooper rash action.
District Attorney George Brauchler, who is running for governor, said Hickenlooper did not give prosecutors time to review the pardon application as required by state law, the news agency reported.
“The hasty decision to ignore state law was made seemingly to skirt federal law, and that is not an appropriate use of the governor’s pardon power,” said Brauchler, whose office prosecuted Lima-Marin.
But then, Democrats make up the rules as they go along… though it’s not clear if the pardon will stop the deportation.
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