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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  • by Citizen on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    There are 11 states which PERMANENTLY strip any person convicted of any felony of their rights to vote and own a firearm. Almost all 11 states are in the south. If you backdate this to the beginning of "the drug war" (that is immediately POST CIVIL RIGHTS) You wind up with a living pool of tens of millions of mostly minority and poor americans without those rights. A person who cant vote or own a gun isnt a citizen. Post slavery our constitution doesnt allow such second class citizenships. These laws are fraudulant and illegal. The AG should be ashamed of himself. The pardon process is woefully underused nationwide. The reason this important tool is alomost never utilized is exactly what this sitation illustrates. Partisan politics at their worst and how the 2 party system has failed us.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 08:57 PM
    It is a shame that do many people are having to face this type of humiliation due to misinformation. There are some of those people who have served their time or completed their punishment and are trying to get a fresh start. Now this could cause them more harm that could last for a long time. I really feel sorry for the ones that really deserve thus new beginning.
  • by concerned on Jan 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
    The 30 days notice should have been part of the pardon application in writing. did he parole board fully explain the process during the hearing. I would think not.
  • by concerned Location: Meridian on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    It would be unfortunate if some were misinformed by the parole board and miss out on being blessed with a pardon.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM
    I think Jim Hood or Phil Bryant would either one make a great president!!! Mississippi is being represented well with these two. They are standing up and fighting for what is right.
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