Former Gov. Racicot should have stood up for Barry Beach
May 6, 2014
I am extremely disappointed that Mark Racicot lacked the courage to attend the review of Barry Beach's clemency application, instead, choosing to deliver his message to the board hours later. I was disappointed but not surprised. This is just another example of the sneaky way he conducts himself.
Had he been there, he would have heard many people speak quite eloquently about the reasons they feel Barry deserves clemency. They were heartfelt and practical. These are people who did not know Barry prior to his being released from prison. All have come to see him as a valuable asset to their community. They want him back. People with nothing to gain personally spoke up to attest to the injustice of keeping a man in prison who has proven he can be a success and positive influence where ever he is.
I doubt there has ever been a prisoner anywhere with all the support and opportunities for successful transition to freedom as are available for Barry. Had he been there, maybe Racicot's heart could have been opened to feel compassion, and he would have stopped this vendetta against Barry Beach. What else can it be? Since July, 2004, 68 people who were convicted of deliberate homicide in Montana have been paroled. After 31 years imprisonment why not Barry Beach?