Gov. Cuomo hasn’t had much to say about the stunning and unconscionable decision to free serial cop-killer and onetime domestic terrorist Herman Bell on parole — other than that he “disagrees” with it.
No wonder: It was his appointees to the state Parole Board, one a social-justice advocate newly named to it, who decided that Bell’s “debt to society has been paid.”
And there’s nothing he can do about it, assuming he was even so inclined.
Only a court can overturn the board, a Cuomo spokesman told The Post, and members can only be removed if they “do something egregious.”
Apparently, producing an appalling miscarriage of justice and outright betrayal of every decent New Yorker simply doesn’t qualify as “egregious.”
Even Mayor de Blasio said he is “troubled” by the ruling, saying the premeditated killing of a police officer should mean “life in prison, period. Just nothing else to discuss.”
Bell was one of three Black Liberation Army terrorists who lured NYPD officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones to a housing project with a phony 911 call in 1971 and then gunned them down in cold blood.
He also pled guilty to the subsequent slaying of a San Francisco cop, with no extra time put on his sentence.
Not until 2012 did he even admit his complicity in the NYPD murders. And not until this year — after being rejected for parole seven times — did he express anything sounding like remorse.
Then, too, new guidelines in recent years have placed a greater emphasis on whether an inmate is likely to commit more crimes over the seriousness of his crime. And Cuomo’s appointees have been much more parole-friendly than their Republican-appointed predecessors.
All of which means that Herman Bell will now walk free. Like the mayor, we “don’t understand how there possibly was parole in that situation.” How? Ask Andrew Cuomo.
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