Miss. Court Halts Quick Release Of Some PardonedJanuary 13th, 2012 7:17 pm Associated Press
In Wednesday’s statement, Barbour said: “The pardons were intended to allow them to find gainful employment or acquire professional licenses as well as hunt and vote. My decision about clemency was based upon the recommendation of the Parole Board in more than 90 percent of the cases.”
The pardons angered even some of Barbour’s most ardent supporters in Mississippi, including some conservatives who say the actions tarnished his legacy. It also has created concerns within the state that his decisions may make Mississippi look backwards. Yet Barbour is unlikely to face political repercussions from the decisions — he has said he doesn’t expect to run for any elected office, nor does he expect to be chosen as a GOP vice-presidential nominee.
Barbour spokeswoman Laura Hipp was not immediately available for comment about Green’s decision to temporarily block release of the 21 inmates. It was not clear how many of the 21 are convicted killers.