Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned two men convicted of murder, a state official said Monday.
"David Gatlin and Joseph Ozment had received full pardons and they were released yesterday at 1 p.m.," said Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Both men were serving life sentences, she said.
The families of the men's victims told CNN affiliates WAPT and WLBT they are outraged by Barbour's decision.FULL STORY
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.
"This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided," Barbour (pictured), a Republican, said in a statement.
“A candidate for president today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else," the statement continued. "His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required."
A number of other Republicans are near their own self-imposed deadlines for making a decision about a 2012 presidential bid.FULL STORY