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Lawmakers want changes to governor's pardon powers

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers want to limit the governor’s pardon powers, a discussion prompted by Republican Haley Barbour’s actions as he left office last Tuesday. Barbour granted pardons or other reprieves to more than 200 people, including many convicted of violent crimes. He says most had served their time, and pardons offer a chance for redemption. The new governor, ...

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Judge puts release of Barbour’s pardoned prisoners on hold

A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who’d been given pardons or medical release by Republican Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor. Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late yesterday at the request of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood said he believes Barbour might’ve violated the state constitution by pardoning ...

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