01/17/2012

Miss. lawmakers want to limit pardons amid Barbour controversy

Mississippi's long-standing 'trusty' program is in the spotlight

By Rich Phillips
CNN.com

JACKSON, Miss. — It's triggered an emotional controversy.

The pardons of convicted killers by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour has forced Mississippians to take a look at an ageless program that employed violent men — including convicted murderers — inside the governor's mansion and put those men on a fast track to a full pardon — and freedom.

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