Judge Delays Some Barbour Pardons

    Gov. Haley Barbour says he's sharing the honor of having the state emergency operations center named for him with the people who responded to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other disasters, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 during naming ceremonies in Pearl, Miss. About 100 people gathered for the ceremony at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Rankin County. Among the dignitaries that attended were U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., right, and MEMA director Mike Womack. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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    Rejected! A Mississippi judge temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who were pardoned by former governor Haley Barbour. The judge contends that the pardons were a “slap in the face” to law enforcement and a violation of the state’s Constitution. Pardon requests have to be filed at least 30 days before being granted. Included in the pardons are four convicted murderers. The court will rule on the matter on Jan. 23.

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