Mississippi Supreme Court to Hear Barbour Pardon Challenge Next Week


The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood’s effort t overturn the pardons of four convicted murderers and other inmates next week, CNN reports. Then-Gov. Haley Barbour issued the pardons last month, sparking anger from authorities and relatives of crime victims. Hood called the pardons “a slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement and [ ] Governor Barbour should be ashamed.”

The attorney general is questioning the pardons for “failure to sufficiently meet the publication requirements of the Mississippi Constitution.” All four of the convicted murderers Barbour pardoned were serving life sentences and worked as trusties at the governor’s mansion. That practice has been discontinued by new Gov. Phil Bryant. One of the convicted murderers was recently found in Wyoming, according to Hood. Joseph Ozment was served with papers at a hotel in Laramie, where he had been staying under another name. Barbour has defended his pardons, telling CNN last week that Ozment and the others have been rehabilitated.

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