Thursday, January 12, 2012

Back to jail: Attorney General blocks Mississippi governor's pardoning of 200 prisoners after outrage from victims' families

The attorney general of Mississippi is has temporarily blocked the quick release of 21 pardoned inmates after one of the state’s governors spent his final days in office granting pardons or early release to around 200 people – including more than two dozen convicted killers.

Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday that it was ‘unfortunate that Gov (Haley) Barbour didn’t read the constitution,’ adding his pardons are unconstitutional and violate several notification requirements laid out in the state’s documents.

Notices must be published 30 days prior to the pardon, he said, and discovered some cases had no notices, while many did not meet the deadline. Read More