MS AG: Manhunt May Be Needed

    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he believes former Gov. Haley Barbour might have violated the state Constitution by pardoning some inmates who failed to give sufficient public notice that they were seeking clemency at a news conference at his Jackson, Miss., offices Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. As one of his final acts in office Barbour on Tuesday gave clemency to more than 200 people. State records show some convicted killers were pardoned, while others were given medical or conditional releases. Relatives of crime victims had voiced outrage after it became known Barbour had pardoned four convicted murderers who worked at the Governor's Mansion in a prison trusty program. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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    Mississippi's attorney general said Thursday that the state may order a nationwide manhunt to find the four convicted murderers pardoned by outgoing governor Haley Barbour on Tuesday. "We'll catch 'em," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "It's just a matter of time." The four were freed in one of Barbour's last acts as governor—pardoning more than 200 convicted criminals. Late Wednesday night, a Mississippi judge halted the 21 pardons issued after Hood, a Democrat, filed to halt some of the reprieves based on a provision in the state Constitution that insists pardons must be published at least 30 days in advance. But four convicted murders and a convicted armed robber had already been released, and Hood said the state cannot issue arrest warrants and the pardoned prisoners are required to contact prison officials only on a daily basis, but their whereabouts are unknown.

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