Barbour Could Get Pardon Request Soon

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The Mississippi Parole Board could soon consider a request to recommend a pardon for a decorated black Korean War veteran jailed on bogus charges 45 years ago.

Clyde Kennard's surviving relatives, his brother-in-law, niece and nephew are making the request.

The board, which meets Tuesday and Wednesday, could make the recommendation, but the final decision is up to Gov. Haley Barbour.

On March 30, the House and Senate passed resolutions honoring Kennard, and the governor declared a Clyde Kennard Day in memory of the veteran who tried to break the color barrier at one of Mississippi's public universities.

Barbour hasn't issued a pardon in office, but Kennard's family suggested now is the right time.

A three-month investigation by The Clarion-Ledger revealed the Army veteran was locked up in 1960 for a crime he never committed, after refusing to give up efforts to attend the all-white University of Southern Mississippi.