Judge to rule on Haley Barbour’s pardons

Just weeks after former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour touched off an uproar by granting clemency to hundreds of convicts in his final days of office, including to a handful convicted for murder, a judge could reverse some of the controversial pardons on Monday.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who requested that a judge issue a temporary injunction on some of the pardons, determined that of the more than 200 pardons handed out by Barbour, at least 156 of them did not meet the requirements of the state’s Constitution.