Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mississippi: Suspension of Sentence

Gov. Haley Barbour has been considering clemency on behalf of Gladys and Jamie Scott who have served almost two decades in prison after being found guilty of armed robbery by a jury. The convictions and the sentences were both upheld on appeal. In addition, the State's Parole Board refused to recommend a pardon or commutation of sentence. Much has been made of the fact that their heist netted about $11, but we are not aware of any statute which allows armed robbery if there is no profit!

Then again, Barbour did not grant clemency in the traditional sense. Instead he "issued two orders indefinitely suspending" the sentences of the Scott sisters. In his explanation for the decision, Barbour noted one sister "requires regular dialysis" and her "medical condition creates a substantial cost to the State of Mississippi." See story here.

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