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Miss. judge delays decision on revoking pardons by ex-Gov. Barbour.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ' A Mississippi judge has delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons 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 says it needs more time to prepare.
Attorney General Jim Hood has challenged some of Barbour's pardons on the grounds that they failed to meet a state constitutional requirement of publishing a legal notice for 30 days in a local newspaper.
Hood wants the pardons to be invalidated. He also wants pardoned former inmates who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion, including four convicted killers, returned to prison. But the vast majority of those who could lose their pardons had already served their sentences and been out of prison for years before Barbour's actions.