Miss. Judge Quashes Barbour Pardons

Blocks release of 21 still in prison, orders 5 more in for hearing
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 6:57 AM CST
Haley Barbour Pardons: Mississippi Judge Blocks Release of 21 Convicts
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill June 2, 2011.   (Getty Images)

So much for Haley Barbour's grand pardons: A Mississippi judge has put the kibosh on some of the former governor's last-minute spate of 200 pardons, blocking the release of 21 inmates still imprisoned and hauling in five more who had been released for hearings. The ruling came hours after the state's attorney general filed an injunction complaining that some of those pardoned did not post an announcement of their bid for clemency in newspapers in the locations where the crimes occurred—a constitutional requirement, reports Reuters.

Barbour, who left office Tuesday, remained defiant, issuing a statement defending the pardons: "The pardons were intended to allow them to find gainful employment or acquire professional licenses as well as hunt and vote," he said, adding that more than 90% of convicts had already been released when the pardons were issued. An interesting aside: Among those pardoned was one Earnest Scott Favre, brother of Brett, who was convicted in a 1996 drunk-driving crash that killed his best friend. (More Haley Barbour stories.)

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