MS Court Upholds Barbour Pardons

    Former Gov. Haley Barbour says he's "very comfortable" with his decision to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people in the last days in office at a news conference Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 in Ridgeland, Miss. Barbour said during his first interview on the pardons that nearly 190 of the people who got pardons or other reprieves had already been released from prison. Only 10, he said, have been or will be fully released from prison. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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    The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld more than 200 controversial pardons granted by former governor Haley Barbour on his way out of office in January, stopping a bid by the state attorney general’s office to have them overturned. The 6–3 ruling came on Thursday afternoon when the court ruled that Barbour’s moves “may not be set aside or voided by the judicial branch.” Dissenting Justice Michael Randolph wrote that the decision was “a stunning victory for some lawless convicted felons, and an immeasurable loss for ... our state.” Of the 214 felons, four were convicted murderers who had worked as “trusties” in the governor’s mansion. The attorney general argued that Barbour had failed to think of the families of the victims prior to his pardons.

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