Mississippi’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the pardons of more than 200 convicts issued by Gov. Haley Barbour on his way out of office, rejecting a challenge by the state’s attorney general.
Attorney General Jim Hood had argued in court last month that Barbour failed to follow state law by filing proper notice in newspapers where the inmates’ crimes had been committed.
But in its opinion Thursday, the high court wrote that the pardons “may not be set aside or voided by the judicial branch” on those grounds.
Among those Barbour pardoned before he left office in January were many convicted murderers, including four who had worked as “trusties” at the governor’s mansion. Critics argued that the governor failed to consider the families of their victims before freeing them.