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.
@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.
#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.)