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Some Barbour pardons might be invalid

JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he believes former Gov. Haley Barbour might’ve violated the state Constitution by pardoning some inmates who failed to give sufficient public notice that they were seeking clemency.
The Constitution says any inmate seeking a pardon must publish notice about his intentions. Before the governor can grant a pardon, the notice must appear 30 days in a newspaper in or near the county where the person was convicted.
Hood, a Democrat, was going to state court late Wednesday to ask a state judge to halt the release of any inmates pardoned by Barbour if they are still awaiting the completion of paperwork to be released.
As one of his final acts in office before giving way to Phil Bryant as governor, Republican Barbour on Tuesday gave clemency to more than 200 people.
State records show some convicted killers were pardoned, while others were given medical or conditional releases.
Relatives of crime victims had voiced outrage after it became known Barbour had pardoned four convicted murderers who worked at the Governor’s Mansion in a prison trusty program. To read more on the story, be sure to check out Thursday’s edition of The Oxford EAGLE (January 11, 2012)

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