Hood Seeks Review of Pardons Ruling

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the
Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that Gov. Haley Barbour's late-term pardons were valid.

In a filing Thursday, Hood asked that the case be sent back to Hinds County Circuit Court.

Hood claims the court's Mar. 8 decision effectively determined the limits on the governor's power are not reviewable.

The court had declared it would not intervene in a dispute between the executive and judicial branches. It said the determination of whether pardon applicants had met legal requirements was the sole power of the governor.

In his filing, Hood said that makes Mississippi's the only Supreme Court in the nation to hold such a view.

Hood contends some pardon recipients didn't meet a constitutional mandate to publish their request for leniency.


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