Baria, who slammed Barbour over pardons, requested one

Frances McDonald of Bay St. Louis turned to her elected official when she believed her friend was wrongly convicted of murder.

She asked Rep. David Baria, a Democrat, to seek a pardon from then-Gov. Haley Barbour for Patricia Kingston.

Barbour, who grabbed headlines across the state and country when he granted clemency to more than 200 people during his last hours in office, noted that the very lawmakers, including Baria, who openly criticized him for his actions had asked for pardons themselves.

In addition to Baria, Barbour, a Republican, singled out House Minority Leader Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, and Rep. Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, during a news conference last month.

Clarion Ledger
2/7/12