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January 11th, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Mississippi governor pardons 199

Fourteen murderers and 16 others convicted of manslaughter and homicide have been pardoned. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

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  1. kandee

    I'm glad I don't live in Mississippi

    January 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  2. cherokee49

    So, when they are released and have a chance to rebuild their lives and none are rearrested for anything, will that be acknowledged? It is so pathetic that everyone thinks that because they were convicted, all were guilty and and even those that were had no remorse. How can anyone presume to see into the heart and soul of another human being?

    January 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  3. Dee

    It's amazing what some people consider justice. People who actually committed crimes are being pardoned, while those who had minimal involvement (aiding & abetting) are spending life in prison without parole. While juvenile offenders are serving life. Those person should not have been paroled. Josh Puckett is serving a life sentence and he did not commit the crime, not was he in the car, but he did not snitch because he was afraid of going to prison with that label. He was even offered a deal and cooperated with the police. If governors are going to start pardoning those who actually committed crimes, then they need to take a look at the whole justice system and give those who deserve it, those who did not commit the actual crime and were at the wrong place at the wrong time a fait shot. This nation is supposed to be about justice for all, but is it really?

    January 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  4. DisgustedInMississippi

    Well – it is like this cherokee49 – I am not thinking that someone that killed the mother of his child, while she was holding the child and left the child there to crawl around in the mother's blood, is feeling any remorse. And how do you explain to the parent's of the doctors that were killed by a drunk that she is sorry and is now free to live her life as a free woman while their children are gone for good and they can never see them again. And how do you explain to the children that were sexually abused that their abusers are now back on the streets. What does this say for our Justice system – why have one – why not just let the criminals say I'm sorry for what I did and then let them roam the streets with no consequences for what they did? As a Mississippian and a FORMER Barbour supporter, I am totally disgusted that someone would use their power to do this.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  5. chaz8181

    Power corrupts..there are the "caught" and the "UN-caught". I understand that some of the 199 are friends of the governor or people who worked in his administration and who knows maybe some of his relatives as well.

    January 12, 2012 at 7:38 am |
  6. John from Erie, Pa

    This abuse of power is disgusting and should be investigated. Why isn't there a means of checks an balances in place to prevent this? I'm glad I'm not a Mississippi resident.

    January 12, 2012 at 9:25 am |

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