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Gov. Barbour press conference on pardons issues

The Sun Herald live-Tweeted Gov. Barbour’s telephone conference with the press about his pardons.  The Daily Journal already has a story up.

He explains the one posthumous pardon, of Leon Turner.

@sunherald #Gov. Barbour sounded as if he was getting a little choked up when talking about inmate Leon Turner, who helped raise him, he said.
@sunherald #Gov. Barbour says inmate, Leon Turner, helped raise him. Young#Haley watched “the power of a second chance” firsthand.
@sunheraled Barbour is now talking about his daddy, a Circuit Court judge, who had an inmate to help him after he got sick.

His count of how many were released from prison (26) is off by at least one.

Here’s some more from the Sun Herald ‘s Twitter feed:

#Barbour says most Mississippians are Christians. “I believe in second chances and I try hard to be forgiving.”

#GovBarbour said the idea of #pardons is rooted in the Christian concept of forgiveness.

#Barbour: Realizes families have “very strong feelings” toward the convicts, “but the state is not an individual who wants vengeance.”

#Gov. Barbour says 20 years “is a lot of punishment for a terrible crime.”

#Barbour on #pardons: “That’s what we’re giving these people is a chance to have a second chance.”

#Barbour on #pardons: “It is human nature, if you are close to the victim, for that to upset you.” …

#Gov.Barbour said Musgrove’s pardons did not involve notices. The state Constitution requires them.

#Gov.Barbour says Musgrove made no attempt to notice his #pardons, but he and @AGJimHood are both Democrats, so Hood didn’t challenge.

#Gov.Barbour says major development of #pardons by Miss. Parole Board. (Parole Board Chair Shannon Warnock AWOL since Thursday.)


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