Mississippi judge extends bar on Barbour pardons to February 3

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Posted: Jan 23, 2012 5:18 PM
Mississippi judge extends bar on Barbour pardons to February 3

By Robbie Ward

JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - A Mississippi judge on Monday extended an injunction to February 3 barring the release of five prisoners who were still behind bars when granted full pardons by former Governor Haley Barbour before he left office earlier this month.

Judge Tomie Green in Hinds County Circuit Court allowed another four men -- who had already been released after receiving full pardons -- to remain out of prison, but ordered them to report to the Department of Corrections daily.

The whereabouts of a fifth man who had also been freed are unknown. All five of the released men had been serving life sentences, four of them for murder and one for armed robbery. The cases are among 203 controversial pardons granted by Barbour during his final days in office.

(Writing by Michelle Nichols, editing by Paul Thomasch)