Miss. Judge Delays Decision On Pardoned Inmates

Published January 23, 2012 11:00PM (EST)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons, including of convicted killers, issued by Haley Barbour in his final days as governor.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued the bench ruling Monday. The state attorney general's office said it needed more time to prepare after it was deluged with motions and documents from lawyers representing current and former inmates.

Green scheduled the next hearing for Feb. 3. She extended until then an earlier order that temporarily blocked the release of five inmates who'd been given pardons by Barbour.

The judge had ordered five former inmates who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion and were pardoned by Barbour, including four convicted killers, to be in court. Four showed up and the attorney general's office is searching for the fifth.

By Salon Staff

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