Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour‘s grants (as opposed to those by other elephant Babar) of sentence commutations or full pardons that went to 200 or so prisoners went more to white prisoners than black. Some event went to convicted murderers.
And we’re supposed to be shocked by this?
First, he’s a Republican; secondly he’s in charge of Mississippi, a state known to not exactly lovingly embrace ethnic diversity; he is on his way out the door; and finally, he’s morbidly obese. Now, yes, being morbidly obese does not automatically in and of itself mandate corruption, lust for power, or prejudicial use of the power of the pardon. It does, however, indicate love of eating. And in this case, the gluttony just makes him look more evil on top of all the other factors.
But seriously, it’s hard to be surprised by this, as much as I’d love to feign shock.
The good thing is that at least Reuters is on the job and pointing out the disparity in pardons so that those reading are aware of it-whatever good that will do.
Here’s the link to the piece:
- Outgoing Mississippi governor pardons 2 killers – CNN (edition.cnn.com)
- Mississippi judge blocks 21 of Haley Barbour’s… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Former Gov Haley Barbour explains “Why I released 26 prisoners” (sentencing.typepad.com)
- 12 of Barbour’s pardons won’t be challenged (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Mississippi AG Block Haley Barbour Pardons (minx.cc)
- Haley Barbour pardons convicted killers (politico.com)
- 2 killers pardoned by outgoing Mississippi governor (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- Haley Barbour Defends Controversial Pardons (alan.com)
- Haley Barbour Pardons 14 Murderers; Judge Orders Halt (outsidethebeltway.com)