Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Mississippi: Governor Takes More Heat

The Sun Herald reports State Representative Brandon Jones (D) has informed Gov. Haley Barbour (R) that "people in his legislative district are 'on fire' about the release of convicted killer Michael David Graham." Jones is also drafting legislation to deal with what he sees as a clemency problem in the State.

One [bill] would be to change the constitutional authority of the governor and restrict him from commuting, suspending or pardoning the sentence of a murderer. Another was to declare that anyone convicted of murder would not be eligible to become a trusty, and the third was before a governor could release a murderer, he would be required to contact the sheriff and district attorney where the murder was committed and also hold a public hearing.
Jones calls it all "kind of the opening salvo." See story here.

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