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On his way out the door, Cuomo grants clemency to a terrorist

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 8/24/2021 Zachary Faria
Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Monday banning state employees from using taxpayer funds to travel to North Carolina on nonessential work. © (AP Photo/Mike Groll) N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Monday banning state employees from using taxpayer funds to travel to North Carolina on nonessential work.

On his way out the door, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had one final gift for the people of New York: commuting the sentence of a terrorist.

Cuomo commuted the sentence of David Gilbert, the father of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Boudin had previously asked Cuomo to help his father, who he felt was treated too harshly by the criminal justice system. According to Boudin, Gilbert was simply an unarmed getaway driver.

But Gilbert wasn’t just some guy taking part in an armed robbery gone awry. Gilbert was a member of the terrorist organization the Weather Underground. He took part in a planned raid of a Brinks armored truck, which ultimately ended in the deaths of a Brinks guard and two police officers.

Gilbert showed no remorse during the trial. The New York Times reported that, during their sentencing, Gilbert and the other defendants were laughing and exchanging clench-fist salutes with their followers in the spectators’ gallery. Gilbert said, “The rulers, the rich, and their armed mercenaries are the only lives valued by this court. We say that if they sentence us to 1,000 years or shoot us at dawn tomorrow, it will not save this social system.”

That was Gilbert’s view of the planned armed heist he took part in that killed Brinks guard Peter Paige and police officers Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown. Those were the real victims, not Gilbert and his fellow terrorists. But Cuomo wanted to grant a political favor on his way out the door.

Cuomo also granted clemency to four convicted murderers, only two of whom (Paul Clark and Greg Mingo) maintain their innocence. Robert Ehrenberg shot and killed a man during a 1992 robbery, and Ulysses Boyd, along with two associates, beat a man after ordering him to leave a crack house before Boyd (according to testimony) ordered one of his associates to kill him.

None of this is much of a shock, and there is really nothing more that can be written about Cuomo, an elitist who thought he was above all consequences for his boorish behavior. He is an awful person to those who work around him and refuses any accountability for the damage he caused as governor. This act is one final spit in the face of New Yorkers, especially those who serve in law enforcement, but thankfully, it is indeed the final act for the worst governor in the country.

 

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Tags: Beltway Confidential, Opinion, Andrew Cuomo, New York, Weather Underground, San Francisco

Original Author: Zachary Faria

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