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Miss. Supreme Court rules Barbour pardons valid
Miss. Supreme Court upholds ex-Gov. Barbour's pardons that freed several convicted killers
By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ' The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled former Gov. Haley Barbour's pardons that freed several convicted killers are valid.

Unlike governors before him, Barbour pardoned a record 198 people before the Republican finished his second term Jan. 10. Of those pardoned, 10 were in jail at the time.

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood challenged the pardons. Hood argued before the Supreme Court last month that some pardons didn't meet the requirements of the Mississippi Constitution, which says people seeking pardons must publish notices for 30 days in a newspaper.

In their 6-3 opinion, the justices wrote that the governor alone can decide whether the Constitution's publication requirement was met.

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