Mississippi High Court OKs Haley Barbour Pardons

Attorney general had challenged their constitutionality

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 8, 2012 3:24 PM CST

(Newser) – Looks like Haley Barbour is in the clear: The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the controversial pardons the Republican former governor made before leaving office, the AP reports. The state's Democratic attorney general had challenged some of the 198 pardons, saying they fell short of a state requirement: Those pursuing pardons must notify the public in a newspaper for 30 days. But "we are compelled to hold that—in each of the cases before us—it fell to the governor alone to decide whether the Constitution's publication requirement was met," said the court in a 6-3 decision.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.   (Getty Images)
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