Court Hears Arguments over Pardons

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Attorneys for a group of inmates have told the Mississippi Supreme Court that former Gov. Haley Barbour's pardons are valid.

The Supreme Court held a lengthy hearing Thursday on whether the pardons were legal.

Attorney Thomas Fortner said past cases suggest that pardons are not review-able by the courts.

Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr., opened the hearing, saying no decision would be announced Thursday. He did not say when the court might rule.

Attorney General Jim Hood contends that if the people who received pardons from Barbour didn't run ads in daily papers every day for 30 days, or weekly newspapers once a week for five weeks,
the pardons are invalid under the state constitution.


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