No Files on Pardoned Trusties, Others

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Pardon files are missing or don't exist for four convicted killers and another man who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion and were pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

The Associated Press made public records requests for such documents, but state officials say they don't have them on the trusties and some others who Barbour pardoned.

Attorney General Jim Hood, who has filed a legal challenge to some of the pardons, says about 20 files are missing.

Barbour's lawyers say in court records that files containing the reasoning for granting reprieves don't exist for the trusties and they have "in a sense 'living files'" through observations of Barbour and his staff.

Barbour's spokeswoman said Wednesday that Hood's office or the Parole Board should have all existing files.

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