Mississippi Judge Blocks Release Of Pardoned Prisoners

Source: CNN

A Mississippi judge Wednesday evening issued a temporary injunction forbidding the release of any more prisoners pardoned by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour.

Five convicted murderers were released Sunday, officials said.

“We have ordered that they report to the Department of Corrections’ said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. “It’s a slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement and Gov. Barbour should be ashamed,” he said.

A court hearing on the matter will be held Monday.

Hood said Barbour violated Mississippi’s Constitution because the pardon requests for some inmates were not published 30 days in advance, as required, according to affiliate WAPT.

On his way out the door, Barbour approved full pardons for 199 people, including 14 convicted murderers, according to documents the Mississippi secretary of state’s office released Tuesday.

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