Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman was the sole vote last year in the failed bid to free a murderer who horrifically beat a teen with a baseball bat before fatally shooting him.
Alexis Rodriguez is now serving a life sentence in Dallas for first-degree murder. He was one of five suspects who were convicted in the 1989 killing of Sean Daily, a 17-year-old high school junior and the son of a Philadelphia police officer, according to Fox News.
The attack was allegedly committed in retaliation for the beating of one of the defendants, Rafael Droz, by a gang of white boys. Daily was not involved in the incident, according to UPI.
Beating the teen with a bat evidently wasn’t enough for the evil murderers. They shot him in the back, killing him in a gang-style, revenge-motivated assault. The vicious murder resulted in racial unrest in Philadelphia because the victim was white while the killers were Hispanic.
John Fetterman is not fit to serve. He has no honor, and refuses to concede this. The people of Pennsylvania must send him away
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 4, 2022
Fetterman chairs the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons which held a public hearing for Rodriguez on Dec. 1, 2021. The leftist Lt. Governor was the only vote in favor of commuting the sentence of the animal. In a vote of 3 to 1, the killer’s request for commutation was denied.
The Democrat’s record on crime is his weak point in the upcoming election for the Senate against GOP candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz. That hasn’t stopped his campaign from hotly defending his approach to clemency cases, especially when it comes to the killers of a cop’s kid.
“This is a desperate effort to distract from new reporting today proving that Dr. Oz is a medical fraud and malicious scam artist who knowingly hurt regular people to line his own pockets,” spokesman Joe Calvello deflected on Monday in an interview with Fox News Digital. He cited a Washington Post report claiming that Oz promoted potentially dangerous products on his TV show.
“John’s record on the Board of Pardons has been widely praised by Democrats and Republicans alike,” he contended. “John saved taxpayer money and took a fair-minded approach to every case he considered, voting to deny hundreds of pardon and commutation cases while also siding with law enforcement experts nearly 90% of the time. The commutation, in this case, was supported by both prosecutors and corrections officers at the time.”
John Fetterman, today: “This idea that I want to release all these prisoners is just also a lie.”
Fetterman has called for releasing one-third of inmates at least 14 times.
ROLL THE TAPE. pic.twitter.com/GoVPCWQ6lk
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 5, 2022
Fetterman’s campaign unbelievably asserted that Rodriguez’s release was supported by the state’s Department of Corrections and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office at the time and that the stone-cold killer rehabilitated himself in prison.
This isn’t the only time Fetterman has sought to release a murderer. In March 2021, he cast the only vote to commute the sentence of John David Brookins, who is also serving a life sentence after being convicted for brutally murdering a woman with a pair of scissors, according to Fox News.
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub remarked that Fetterman “had a predetermined agenda to try to get this guy released without listening to anything anybody had to say about it beforehand.”
“He does not like to be crossed or opposed,” Weintraub told Fox News. “He was treating this as his own personal opportunity to right perceived wrongs, regardless of how the system had made these determinations in the past. And I would be concerned that he would behave that way in the future.”
“There was a woman who was stabbed to death with a pair of scissors by a man. Guess who was the lone vote to get this man and commute his sentence? A guy named John Fetterman." —@kayleighmcenany pic.twitter.com/FNvq2t3kCs
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 4, 2022
He was also in favor of the early release of 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 killing.
Fetterman is in favor of doing away with mandatory life sentences for those convicted of second-degree murder. However, he’s been vague on whether that also applies to those convicted of first-degree murder.
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