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Oz Opponent’s Commutation of Convicted Murderer Becomes an Issue
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John Fetterman campaigns in eastern Pennsylvania, Sept. 12, 2022 (CBS Pittsburgh/YouTube)

Wow.

Say again: Wow.

Here’s the headline from Fox News:

Dem Senate candidate Fetterman pushed to free man convicted of fatally shooting, stabbing victim

You read that right. Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and Democrat U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman used his power as lieutenant governor to commute the sentence of a convicted murderer. Here’s the story as reported by Fox:

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman successfully pushed for the early release of a man convicted of murdering a Pittsburgh man.

Fetterman, who oversees the state’s Board of Pardons, voted in August 2019 to grant a public hearing for Raymond Johnson, who was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of first-degree and second-degree murder in a 1973 York County slaying.

Johnson was accused of luring his victim to a woman’s house, shooting the man with a sawed-off shotgun before stabbing him to death, robbing him of his belongings and disposing the body alongside accomplice Kenneth Wayne Smith, who was also convicted of first-degree murder in the killing.

Got all that? The Democrats have gone out of their way to nominate for the United States Senate a man who went out of his way as lieutenant governor to commute the sentence of a man convicted of “luring his victim to a woman’s house” and then “shooting the man with a sawed-off shotgun before stabbing him to death, robbing him of his belongings and disposing the body alongside accomplice Kenneth Wayne Smith, who was also convicted of first-degree murder in the killing.”

The Fox story adds that “On Sept. 13, 2019, Fetterman’s Board of Pardons voted unanimously to commute Johnson’s sentence, and Gov. Tom Wolf granted the request that December, releasing Johnson from prison.”

The York Daily Record reported in a 1975 story on the trial of a Johnson accomplice in the murder that Johnson had told the accomplice that he, Johnson, was a “hit man for the Mafia and and how he had killed several people for money and a former partner who had double-crossed him.”

Which, of course, gave Fetterman every reason to commute Johnson’s sentence.

Recall the other day when President Joe Biden, out there on the campaign trail, said this? Here, as headlined by Fox News:

Biden says the answer ‘is not to defund the police,’ but to invest in law enforcement

Biden says ‘too many’ family members ‘have gotten the phone call lately’ saying an officer has been shot

The story — no kidding! — opened this way:

President Biden, during an event at the New York Police Department on Thursday, said “the answer is not to defund the police,” but instead, to provide the tools and funding for law enforcement officials to be “partners” and “protectors” in the community.

The president and Attorney General Merrick Garland met with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul at the NYPD headquarters Thursday to discuss ways federal, state and local law enforcement officials can work together to quickly take shooters off the streets and combat gun violence.

Got that? There is Joe Biden saying how important it is to “work together to quickly take shooters off the streets and combat gun violence.”

But there is Fetterman using his power as lieutenant governor to deliberately, say again deliberately, put a shooter convicted of murder and who admits to multiple murders back on the street.

The obvious question: What good is it for the police to arrest somebody for murder and gun violence when John Fetterman is using his power to free the murderer who committed gun violence and put him back on the street?

All of which is to say, this — well aside from Fetterman’s repeated inability to campaign or debate as he should because of serious health problems — is exactly why Dr. Mehmet Oz must defeat this crime-enabling insanity as exemplified by Fetterman.

What good does it do to fund the police if convicted murderers are let out on the streets by Democrats who abuse their position to undermine all of the police in, in this case, Pennsylvania?

Answer: It doesn’t do any good.

Which is why John Fetterman’s actions on the state’s pardon board are and should be a No. 1 issue in this Senate campaign in Pennsylvania.

And will be.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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