Barbour Pardons Draw Public Outcry

Thursday, January 12, 2012

On Tuesday, outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour granted full and unconditional pardons to 193 inmates. Many of these prisoners had been convicted of murder, rape, assault and robbery. Four of those released had served as trustees in the governor's mansion as part of a program for inmates who earned special privileges. However, Barbour may have violated the state constitution by granting pardons without giving sufficient notice. As a result Attorney General Jim Hood has blocked the release of 21 of those inmates.

Daniel Cherry has been covering the story for MPB, Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

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Comments [2]

George Lucas from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

These pardons are so atypically Republican. I can't imagine, but keep thinking there must be something political behind this. Republicans have been much more in favor of executions rather than life sentences, or rehabilitations. Setting them free seems to be so out of character and unexpected. Is Haley Barbour the new liberal?

Jan. 12 2012 11:40 AM
listener

There seems to be more pointed interest in a "constitutional crisis" involving the Mississippi Governor this week than one involving the American President last week concerning recess appointments.
What controversial pardons will Obama put forward before he leaves office?

Jan. 12 2012 09:24 AM

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