Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mississippi: Pardons in Court

The Jackson Free Press is reporting on the the Mississippi Supreme Court's consideration of arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood, "lawyers for former Gov. Haley Barbour and minimum-security inmates who worked at the governor's mansion." Hood, of course, convinced a County judge to temporarily block hundreds of pardons and commutations issued by Barbour just as he left office.

Tom Fortner, lawyer for four former governor's mansion trustys, argued the governor can reach into prison and pardon whomever he wants and that the court did not "have any judicial review" if the pardons are "valid on their face." Several justices have "asked Hood about his office's involvement in securing the pardons."  Chief Justice William Waller Jr. said no decision will be made today. See full story here.

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