Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mississippi governor pardons nearly TWO HUNDRED in his last days, including rapists, killers... and Brett Favre's brother

Controversial: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned the men jailed for Murder after they worked as 'trusties' at his mansion

Mississippi governor Republican Haley Barbour spent his last days in the role granting pardons or early release to nearly 200 people - including more than two dozen convicted killers.

The outraged families of the victims have slammed the decision as unfair but the governor, whose mansion some of the inmates worked at, refused to comment on their feelings.

State records released on Tuesday show some of the criminals - who were found guilty of murder, manslaughter or homicide - were pardoned, while others were given medical or conditional releases.

Among those getting the controversial full pardons was the brother of former NFL quarterback and Southern Miss standout Brett Favre.

Earnest Scott Favre had his record cleared in the 1996 death of his best friend, Mark Haverty.

Favre had driven in front of a train in Pass Christian while drunk, pleaded guilty in 1997, and was sentenced to a year of house arrest followed by two years’ probation.

One of the men freed this weekend, David Gatlin, walked into the trailer of his estranged wife, Tammy Ellis Gatlin, and shot her in the head as she held their two-month-old child in 1993. Read More