Mississippi Supreme Court justices may eye Barbour’s pardons

JACKSON, Miss. – Attorneys on both sides of the battle over former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons are criticizing each other for distracting from the central constitutional issue with unimportant, unsubstantiated claims.

In a hearing scheduled for Friday, Attorney General Jim Hood’s office aims to overturn most of the 203 pardons Barbour granted during his two terms.

Tom Fortner, the attorney for four of the five pardoned criminals who worked as trusties at the Governor’s Mansion, filed a petition Monday asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to give immediate consideration to the case.

Clarion Ledger via USA Today
1/31/12