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Vague advice from Miss. Parole Board, newspapers threatens dozens of ex-Gov. Barbour's pardons
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ' Dozens of people pardoned by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour could lose the chance to clear their records because the state Parole Board and local newspapers provided vague advice about how to properly notify the public.
Parole Board chairwoman Shannon Warnock told The Associated Press on Friday that she "informally" told people seeking pardons to publish notices "for a month" in newspapers in the areas where they were convicted. But Warnock said some weekly newspapers told applicants they could publish once a week for four weeks.
State Attorney General Jim Hood's office said Friday that only 25 of the nearly 200 people pardoned by Barbour met the requirement to publish notices for 30 days.
Most of those pardoned by Barbour were out of prison, some for decades. Barbour was sharply criticized for freeing convicted killers, including four who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion.