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Judge to hear Hoods' pardon challenge, lawyer lays blame with AG

JACKSON — A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour. Circuit Judge Tomie Green scheduled the hearing for 3 p.m. today in Jackson. Hood wants to return those who were freed by Barbour, including convicted killers, to the prison system. The vast majority of ...

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Hood to ask judge to revoke pardons issued by Barbour

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said yesterday he’ll ask a state judge next week to revoke several pardons Haley Barbour issued in his final days as governor, including those for five convicts who worked as trusties at the Governor’s Mansion. Hood said the five former trusties — four of them convicted of murder, one of robbery — failed ...

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Irby commits suicide after wife's prison release

JACKSON — Authorities said a prominent Jackson businessman took his own life yesterday, days after his wife was released from prison by then-Gov. Haley Barbour. Jackson Police spokeswoman Colendula Green told The Associated Press that emergency officials were called to Stuart M. Irby’s home shortly after 8 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at 9:04 p.m. She said Irby hanged ...

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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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Do Barbour's pardons stem from Southern religious, cultural practices?

ABC News has an interesting look at the South’s tradition of prisoner pardons, a practice it says is rooted in the region’s religious practices and culture. ABC asks whether those practices influenced former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s controversial decision to grant more than 200 pardons on his way out of office. Here is the introduction and link to the story: ...

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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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