Hood tries to stop some pardons

Attorney General Jim Hood says former Gov. Haley Barbour violated the state Constitution with many of the dozens of pardons he granted convicted criminals in his last days in office.

Hood said that it appears that numerous convicts did not meet the requirement of publishing notice of their request for pardons in the local newspapers where their crimes were committed.

Hood said that five people released over the weekend – four murderers and one robber – are among those who did not meet the publishing requirement.

Sun Herald