Barbour stands by pardons
January 13th, 2012
06:47 PM ET
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Barbour stands by pardons

(CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who flirted with a presidential bid last year, defended his decision on Friday to pardon 200 criminals, four of whom were charged with murder.

"We believe people who ask for forgiveness of sin and redeem themselves should get a second chance, and 20 years in the penitentiary is time enough to come to grips with getting your redemption and forgiveness," the outgoing Republican governor said on Fox News.

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The decision has created a legal firestorm in the state since the pardons were announced Monday.

Furious with the governor's executive orders, the state's attorney general, Jim Hood, said Friday that "a large number of staff" was examining each case, and his office aims to make the pardons "null and void."

"Our preliminary investigation indicates that the majority of these purported pardons did not have sufficient publication and therefore we will introduce our evidence (in court on January 23) and ask the court to hold these purported pardons null and void," the attorney general said.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. s

    Tired FAT PIG

    January 14, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Jeff

    Would Barbour pardon a person who murdered a member of his family?

    January 14, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. jim

    If they need redemption and forgiveness, let them go to the prison chaplain!

    January 14, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  4. Bigereads

    Great for the murderers, living in fear for the families of those he murdered. They have to now look behind their backs everytime they leave the house. Suggest Haley Barbour allow them all to live in his neighborhood. I am sure his neighbors are delighted with his lack of compassion for the victims of these men.

    January 14, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. Bigereads

    Great for the murderers, living in fear for the families of those they murdered. They have to now look behind their backs everytime they leave the house. Suggest Haley Barbour allow them all to live in his neighborhood. I am sure his neighbors are delighted with his lack of compassion for the victims of these men.

    January 14, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  6. Quirkydude

    "We believe people who ask for forgiveness of sin and redeem themselves should get a second chance, and 20 years in the penitentiary is time enough to come to grips with getting your redemption and forgiveness," the outgoing Republican governor said on Fox News.

    Who is "we"?

    January 14, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  7. joe smith

    just another stupid statement, attempting to absolve his previous stupid moves..the court, ( the court of common sense ), ruled by the American people, will assure his stupid idea of redemption rests with the Good Lord himself, not with Mr. Barbour

    January 14, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. tcaros

    I hope they stop the pardons.
    This man Haley Barbour should be stringed up by the ankles.
    Let him take in some of these criminals to stay at his house, the sanctimonious hypocrite.

    January 14, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. World

    Killers, rapists.... ok, they deserve a 2nd chance... illegals, not so much....

    January 14, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. dehsa

    We have created, in this country, a cycle of punishment that has become innefective. It's like the anti-biotic issue: there's been so much antibiotics in processed food, when we really need it it doesn't do any good anymore. When you've been punished from birth, by people who should have been your friend/nurterer, more punishment doesn't make much of an impression, from strangers, just more suffering.

    January 14, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. MissingLink

    So commit a murder, receive life sentence, serve some time, work in the governor's mansion, act like a model citizen and enjoy complete release from due sentence. You are no longer a threat to society 'cause you suffered from a crime of passion. You are the victim and society should release you from your shackles. Be free like an eagle 'cause you have earned it. Yet another reason to remove this absurd policy of pardon from elected officials who themselves suffer from accelerated dementia. How about a change in policy people???

    January 14, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Dino V

    barbour and his Mississippi "friends"-corrupt the core.

    January 14, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Salty Bob

    If any of these pardon 200 criminals commits any crime Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour should be required to do the time for each and every criminal act commited by these so called redeemed criminals. I should hope for his sake they dont effect me or mine for there will be no forgivness, or mercy.

    January 14, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Thinkergal

    Barbour is obviously finished with his political career and just wanted to put the nails in the coffin. Mississippi put up with him for 8 years and shenanigans worse than this; don't know why they are finally calling him to task!

    January 14, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. informed voter

    Barbour is one of the most disgusting pigs I've ever witnessed in our government. He is the personification of how low education standards have poisoned the political system. I pray that none of these murderers and rapists he's released (I wonder what they had on him to coerce their pardons) do any harm to the public. Barbour should be held criminally liable if one person is hurt by his thoughtless actions!

    January 14, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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