Hearing on Barbour's Pardons Set for Monday

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some people who could lose pardons granted
by former Mississippi governor, Haley Barbour, may not have met constitutionally required public notification standards because they received ambiguous instructions from the state Parole Board and local newspapers.

Parole Board chairwoman Shannon Warnock told The Associated Press she "informally" told people to publish "for a month" in newspapers in the areas where they were convicted.

But Warnock said some weekly newspapers told applicants they could publish once a week for four weeks.

Attorney General Jim Hood contends once-a-week publication for four weeks doesn't meet the Constitution's requirement of publication for 30 days.

He's challenging dozens of pardons and a
hearing is set for Monday in Hinds County Circuit Court.

Many people who could lose pardons were convicted of minor crimes decades ago.


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