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. Duke One

    I am a conservative and I think Gov. Haley Barbour has lost his mind !! Thank God for the judge trying to stop this.

    K3 stop trying to mock God and Gov. Perry. Shame on you !

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

    Several of the most egregious pardons were of murders who worked at the Governor's mansion. This is how executives work. Those they like, those around them are granted favors, money, jobs, protection, and those not near the executive are the unwashed masses, not valued, replaceable by anybody.

    Governors, Pharaohs, CEOs all behave the same.

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

      Not to mention those ones are already free, and no judicial block can do a thing about it.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MoeL

    Haley Barbour...a typical Republican. Perhaps he wanted revenge for not being considered for the President. Oh well, glad that man is out of politics for now. Nasty, nasty man.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Slats

    What a bunch of idiotic comments.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Yeah Slats. And yours is right up there with the greatest of all times. At least everyone else is saying something.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Still Angry

    To the people saying that the judge can't do this: This was presented by the AG, Jim Hood to Judge Tomie Green because many of the pardoned criminals did not follow the guidelines for being pardoned. Barbour had to have known that the proper paperwork was not filled out for these people but he granted the pardons anyway. The "block" is in place so the AG's office can go through each and every case to make sure the proper procedures were filed. Newspaper notices by the convict requesting pardon, have to be ran 30 days prior to a pardon and several have been found to have been posted around January 6 of this year – some may not have placed a notice at all.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Well, guess we know the dates the auction for getting pardons was concluded.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ???

    I wonder how long the injunction will last for? I hope I will buy officials some time to figure out as to why this decision was made in the first place, not that we know that the pardoned people were real criminals, but still...

    January 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tfbuckfutter

    It's not surprising a governor from Mississippi tried to pull this crap.

    It IS surprising a judge from Mississippi stopped it.

    The governor must've tried to pardon too many (more than 1) black people in those 200 I guess.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ???

    Oops, error..I meant to say "it."

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

    If the governor is so convinced that these murderers should be set free then perhaps they should go and live with him. That's right, Mr. Barbour, you ought to provide the living quarters for the these fine folks at your own house since you are so convinced that they are no longer a threat to society. Perhaps you can give the pardoned murderers some guns and they can provide the security detail for you and save the taxpayers some money.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      But what made this governor think that these criminals had to be set free? I mean seriously, one can't make such a decision so hastily. I hope more details on this come out soon or otherwise, there will be so much confusion now (although, it seems to be a bit too late now).

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

      Laurie- What a great idea!

      January 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kim

    Thank you thank you thank you! Finally a judge with major leadership skills, going against some major opposition, probably putting his career on the line. Thank you! Does anyone have a clue what is wrong with that governor? He should have run with that campaign, "I'll release the people who murdered and molested your children, mothers, fathers, brothers." What a self-righteous idiot.

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

    Haley Barbour has just gone crazy!!!! Guess he is trying to get everyone back for his bill that did not pass.

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

    then the 10% should be put back in jail until this is all sorted out.

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

    He lets out a bunch of criminals who don't deserve release, yet, they couldn't do something for the one guy who had several of his witnesses change their statement and try to save him from death row....what the hell....

    January 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. s kel

    What the hell was he thinking??

    January 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    this is crazy...the govenor can pardon...since when a judge can over rule a pardon...the judge is just as bad as the govenor...

    January 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
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