APNewsBreak: Outgoing Gov. Barbour pardoned dozens

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and HOLBROOK MOHR | January 10, 2012 | 6:05 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour granted pardons or early release to dozens of state prisoners, including 29 convicted of murder, manslaughter or homicide, in his final days in office.

A list provided by the Mississippi Secretary of State's office on Tuesday showed some of the convicted killers were pardoned, while others were given medical or conditional releases. He had released five other convicted killers in 2008.

Relatives of crime victims expressed outrage after it was revealed Monday that Barbour had recently pardoned four convicted murderers. Those men had worked at the Governor's Mansion as part of a prison trusty program.

The complete list was disclosed Tuesday, the day that Barbour's successor, Phil Bryant, was sworn in.

Barbour, a two-term Republican, had no comment about the pardons when questioned by The Associated Press on Tuesday at Bryant's swearing-in.