STATEMENT FROM
FORMER GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR

“I’m grateful for the decision issued today by the Supreme Court of Mississippi upholding the
Governor’s constitutional authority to exercise clemency. In this decision, the Supreme Court
has reaffirmed more than a century of settled law in our state. But this was not only about the
power of the pardon or even the power of the office, but about the ability of a governor to grant
mercy.

As I’ve stated from the beginning, I recognize and respect the natural feelings of victims and
their families and I know this has been difficult for many of them. That is why pardons are
always subject to a lot of criticism and are generally unpopular. Nevertheless, these were
decisions based on repentance, rehabilitation, and redemption, leading to forgiveness and the
right defined and given by the state constitution to the governor to offer such people a second
chance.”

Haley Barbour, Former Governor, State of Mississippi