Pardons: Governor’s power is issue

Despite the offensiveness of Barbour’s actions, to undermine the executive authority would be more offensive. The people of Mississippi might disagree with Barbour, and it is safe to say most do, but the constitution gave him that clear authority.

If the people want to change it in a constitutional amendment, that is another issue. But it is important to look past the bad decisions of one governor to the need for power of a governor, any governor, to grant clemency without court overview.

The Supreme Court should not undermine that authority.

Clarion Ledger Editorial
2/10/12