The Mississippi Supreme Court has decided to take up the legal challenge to former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's end-of-term pardons.
The Supreme Court set a hearing for Feb. 9.
The Supreme Court's ruling late Wednesday means a lower court hearing on the matter won't happen Friday.
State Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, wants to invalidate dozens of the 198 pardons that Republican Barbour handed out before his term ended Jan. 10.
Ten of the people pardoned were still in prison when they got reprieves. The others had already served their time or met conditions of the sentencing.