Barbour's Pardons Ruled OK

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled today that pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour are valid. In their 6-3 opinion, the justices wrote, "we are compelled to hold that — in each of the cases before us — it fell to the governor alone to decide whether the Constitution's publication requirement was met." Barbour pardoned 198 people, including 10 who were in jail at the time, before leaving office in January. Mississippi’s attorney general had challenged the pardons, arguing the state’s 30-day notice requirement was ignored. The Commercial Appeal reports