Friday, August 8, 2008

Mississippi: Little Support for Limitations on Pardon Power

Rep. Brandon Jones is putting together with an aim at restricting the governor's power to pardon, commute or suspend sentences, but The Mississippi Press reports "the Pascagoula Democrat has apparently drawn no support from fellow local lawmakers." Sen. Tommy Moffatt says such decisions are "the governor's constitutional right." Rep. Frank Hamilton says clemency is "one of the executive powers the governor is entitled to" and "whittling away at it" would make the governor "just another legislator." Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula says Jones is "trying to legislate emotionally." Rep. Hank Zuber says it will be "extremely difficult, if not impossible" to pass such a law. See story here.

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