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Haley Barbour Pardons Convicted Murderers

Remember Boss Hogg, the unethical, greedy commissioner in the 1980s television series “The Dukes of Hazzard?”

Mississippi’s attorney general sure did when he gave the state’s Gov. Haley Barbour a tongue-lashing by comparing him to the fictional character.

This came after a judge issued a temporary injunction forbidding the release of any more prisoners to whom Barbour gave clemency or pardoned in a final act before leaving office this week.

“He’s tried to rule the state like Boss Hogg and he didn’t think the law applied to him,” Attorney General Jim Hood told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday.

Hood said Barbour violated the state’s constitution because the pardon requests for many inmates were not published 30 days before they were granted, as required.

Mississippi is one of the few states that requires advance notice.

“This isn’t a partisan issue,” according to Hood, who is a Democrat. “Either you followed the constitution or you didn’t.”

via Attorney general: Barbour tried to rule the state like Boss Hogg – CNN.com.

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