Pardon hysteria just ‘pure folly’

Up in Jackson it sounded as if Chicken Little had flown into town screaming, “The criminals are a comin’! The criminals are a comin’! …”

It wasn’t Mr. Little screaming of death and disaster. It was Mr. Hood, our attorney general and former legal associate of Dickie Scruggs and Scruggs’ brother-in-law, Trent Lott.

Hood was declaring to the world how Haley Barbour had just unleashed the Great Escape upon the people of Mississippi.

According to the AG it was the greatest escape in the history of the state, springing more than 200 criminals, including murderers, rapists and pedophiles who were now rolling across our state like fogs of napalm, doing-in our people and pillaging the state.

Hattiesburg American