Friday, January 13, 2012
Mississippi's attorney general Jim Hood said Thursday that the state may have to issue a nationwide manhunt after four pardoned murderers left jail and "hit the road running." The four were among nearly 200 convicted criminals granted clemency by Governor Barbour before he left office earlier this week. Why Barbour did this, and the legality of his selections, has been hotly debated by both members of the public and by victims' families.
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.
Monday, August 29, 2011
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.
Friday, June 03, 2011
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
-Steffen Schmidt, who has a message for the GOP: Better keep looking.
Friday, February 25, 2011
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Don’t let Haley Barbour fool you.
Though he may refer to himself as “a fat redneck,” though he’s got a charming Mississippi country-boy drawl, though his white hair, apple cheeks and twinkly eyes may make you think of Santa Claus, the man is a perspicacious politician. Barbour spent Presidents Day in Iowa, meeting with state Republican Party officials and lawmakers in the state that serves as the presidential election starting gate.