January 11th, 2012
07:40 PM ET

Mississippi judge blocks release of pardoned prisoners

A Mississippi judge has issued a temporary injunction that forbids the release of pardoned prisoners, a move that comes after outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned 199 people.

Of the 199 people that Barbour pardoned on his way out of office, 14 were convicted murderers. Several convicted murderers have already been released.

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  1. K3Citizen

    This judge is totally wrong because republican governors can do whatever they want. Everything republicans do is what God tells them to do. Look at Rick Perry. He said God told him to run for president and surprisingly, God proved he has a sense of humor.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      We are coming to a new era where politicians cannot pardon whomever they please upon leaving office. Yay.

      January 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahahahaha

      10/10, that was a good post.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ketrout

      You are right about God having a sense of humor, just look at the clown that he made president!

      January 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sue

    At least we have a good judge; the Governor's pardon would probably backfire to the Republican Party.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ATLmatt

    someone with intelligence intervenes... thank buddha. please stop the insanity. do not release the convicted murderers because they were Haley Barbarian's buddies at the governors mansions. they need to stay in jail.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnjon

    ya'll just keeping vot'in republican........................ see what it gets ya?

    January 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Voice

    It Matters> Just Murderers? What about pedophiles ... What about big time drug dealers (who may or may not have been responsible for deaths from their drugs)? A pardon for ANY crime means that a juries verdict can be rescinded. And not just by a chief executive, but by appellate judges as well. The verdict of a jury should be absolute as well as the decision of a plea deal.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Not quite, there are plenty of cases of new evidence turning up that proves the person innocent or otherwise calls into question the investigators/investigation, etc.

      I do agree that elected officials have no reason to have this power.

      January 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anonymous

    Just another judicial activist standing in the way of a lawful decision of the peoples' chosen elected leader, am I right?

    If you've ever criticized a Judge for going against the Government, but now you like this Judge, ask yourself honestly if it's just because you agree with the end result. Then try and remember it the next time you rail against "judicial activism."

    January 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ATLmatt

      judicial activism vs gubernatorial activism... take it the people on this instance and they will demand judicial activism. i have no doubt.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoTags

      Wrong! The Mississippi Attorney General is investigating the pardons since Barbour didn't follow the state law protocol in issuing the pardons.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Walker

    Killers get pardoned all the time. Hell, a mass murderer was pardoned by a president in 1974. I actually think David is right about the pardoning power of the governor.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ATLmatt

      1974 was a long time ago. its time to end the madness. i believe the people are speaking quite loudly in that direction.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    The GOP mantra .. protect criminal who vote for you, protect the right of murders and rapists, protect them as long as they vote for you and pledge to be Republican for life ..
    The next thing the GOP should now do is propose a law that pardon automatically all death raw inmates who pledge to vote GOP and not to ever raise taxes

    January 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mipolitic

    wow a lot of people are wishing this guy that gave out the pardons , should have worked i r s . hey your a murdurer you can go but you that did not pay your taxes stay here. we must pay our taxes and our debt to society.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. whut

    K3Citizen...thanks for the stupid post. Your lack of intelligence to come up with anything witty made me laugh.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jackie

    Good for this judge! I hope there is someway they can undo this injustice.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barney287

    murderers get pardoned...but the real reason this judge did what he did was because Brett Favre's brother was one of the men inexplicably let go on the governor's last day. Funny how that worked out eh?

    January 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mdn

    Haley "Boss Hogg" Barbour was a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination only a short while ago. What a joke he turned out to be. Truly unbelievable. I remember the grief that Clinton got for his presidential pardons, but this sets a new low.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Just remember what Reagan did: pardoned all of his goons after they got caught.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Uncle Nancy

    Murderers, rapists and the Soggy Bottom Boys.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ???

    Why pardon 199 ex-cons? I find it a bit odd that only the few mentioned were murders and yet, did not mention the rest.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
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