APNewsBreak: Outgoing Gov. Barbour pardons dozens

January 10, 2012 - 6:40 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State documents made public on Republican Haley Barbour's last day as Mississippi governor reveal that he pardoned dozens of people, including inmates convicted of murder or manslaughter.

Relatives of crime victims voiced outrage after it was revealed Monday that Barbour had pardoned four convicted murderers and a man serving life for robbery. Those men had lived and worked at the Governor's Mansion as part of a prison trusty program.

Another batch of pardons was disclosed Tuesday, the day Barbour's successor, Phil Bryant, was sworn in. It lists dozens of other people convicted of various crimes, including murder.

Barbour, a two-term Republican, had no comment about the pardons when questioned by The Associated Press on Tuesday as he attended Bryant's swearing-in.