March 8th, 2012
03:01 PM ET

Court: Barbour's Mississippi pardons are valid

Mississippi's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the pardons of more than 200 convicts issued by Gov. Haley Barbour on his way out of office, rejecting a challenge by the state's attorney general.

Attorney General Jim Hood had argued in court last month that Barbour failed to follow state law by filing proper notice in newspapers where the inmates' crimes had been committed.

But in its opinion Thursday, the high court wrote that the pardons "may not be set aside or voided by the judicial branch" on those grounds.

Among those Barbour pardoned before he left office in January were many convicted murderers, including four who had worked as "trusties" at the governor's mansion. Critics argued that the governor failed to consider the families of their victims before freeing them.

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  1. Observer

    Haley Barbour is to Republicans being for "law and order" as Newt Gingrich is to Republicans being for "family values".


    March 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. roye

    We should pardon all the pot heads in all our jails so we can keep all the murderers and rapists in jail where they belong.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrc

      Maybe they should. They allowed alcohol to be legal once again, Whats the difference, at least you won't get a DWI, then you will make room in the prisons.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ChangeOurLawsNOW

    This kind of thing should not be allowed, ESPECIALLY for violent criminals!! We need to change the laws to outlaw the practice for violent criminals. Glad Haley B is gone. I still think that if he did not follow the correct rules on pardoning that they should be overturned. Disgusting!!

    March 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristal

      just wait until they kill some other innocent victim u do it once u can do it twice its happened b4 many times maybe they will 4get barbour got them out and off him because off how they earned there way ouT WE KNOW HOW READ between the lines

      March 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      These were not considered "violent" criminals by the Parole Board in Miss., all of them worked and lived at the governors mansion under very limited supervision and any of them could have walked away anytime they wanted to.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ceri

    Disgraceful all round.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EJ

    While Barbour's actions have been deemed legal, it was not morally right to do what he did, at the level he did it. Misssissippians, take notice; who you vote for (or don't) matters...

    March 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tony

    Only in America's Loony Asylum.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Well said agp, this is an injustice to civilized society. And a classic case for judicial reform!

    March 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      An injustice??? These people worked at the governors mansion, heck they lived there under limited supervision and could have left anytime they wanted to. They slept in bedrooms just like you and I and were able to walk around any time they wanted. One man was in there for killing his wife who had given birth 6 weeks earlier and here she was living with another man. If the shoe was on the other foot and the woman had killed the man the same way she would have got manslaughter not life

      March 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oneyeopen

    Poor taste to wish that on someone that has been given the same rights as govenor as many others throughout the country and before him.
    Lobby to change the system that allows this not wish a person to be killed. Grow up you are the problem with this country spoiled baby wants his way!
    Poor taste should be name here!

    March 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RinMaine

    And what does this action say about the judiciary of Alabama? How much did the criminals have to pay the judges?

    March 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrEvil

      It doesn't say a single thing about the judiciary of Alabama as this occurred in Mississippi.

      Have an Evil day

      March 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GLADOS

    Your race is doomed....

    March 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DD

    For god's sake, will you finally correct "trustie" to "trustee"? You look like idiots.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • larlame

      trusty [ˈtrʌstɪ]
      adj trustier, trustiest
      1. faithful or reliable
      2. Archaic trusting
      n pl trusties
      someone who is trusted, esp a convict to whom special privileges are granted

      March 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ivan

    And there you have it kiddies a "Republican Family Values" Governor who calls the shots. Oh did I say shots? Yes Sir, shots all around and not the kind you drink. Step right up folks take a look at the worlds greatest idiot alive! Yowza Yowza Yowza.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BIG "G"

    its one of thd undeniable rights a governor has is to pardon people he or she deems. Thats politics, baby, quit sniveling and get on with your lives

    March 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul "Barry" Karn

    I am 34 & live in my parent's basement! Any ladies interested?

    March 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Millz_Dougie

    I think that Govenor Barbour has demonstrated how the system SHOULD work, it's awesome to know there are people out there that believe in rehabilitation. Now it's up to the pardoned to never repeat. A true leader does it by example!!! Hope your listening Rick Perry!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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