The title of a Yahoo! article released on March 8, 2012 is “Miss. Supreme Court rules (Haley) Barbour pardons VALID” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/miss-supreme-court-rules-barbour-pardons-valid-195704594.html). Barbour retired on January 2010 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haley_Barbour).
“Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood challenged the pardons based on the argument that many of them didn’t follow a requirement in the state Constitution to publish notices in newspapers for 30 days”. Once again, we see a rift with Jim Hood, a DEMOCRAT, who served with Haley Barbour, a REPUBLICAN. These rifts are common.
“In their 6-3 opinion, the Mississippi Supreme Court wrote “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“. This sounds like the ” NOT MY PROBLEM” argument (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N5MnM98nlU).
The former governor released the following statement: “In this decision, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed more than a century of settled law in our state. But this was not only about the power of the pardon or even the power of the office, but about the ability of a governor to grant MERCY“.
What do people think about Barbour’s decisions as to whom he granted “mercy” to? According to Joann Martin, “a probation officer from Fort Worth, Texas, whose sister was killed by one of the pardoned trusties”, “I hope Haley Barbour and the Supreme Court justices can sleep at night“. “She thanked Hood for trying to send the killer back to jail”. “God has the final say and that’s all I have to say about it“. If Martin has her way, “God” will PUNISH Barbour.
“Hood said in a statement that he will pursue an initiative to amend the Constitution “to make it very clear that the judicial branch is responsible for ENFORCING the 30-day notification period in the future…” “enforcing” will surely require “force”, making this the latest example of the “force and pain” technique (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), which, again, is UGLY. “WE DO respect the decision of the court, BUT feel deeply for how it must weigh on the victims and their families. It is these victims and family members who have lost today (March 8, 2012) and the criminals who have won“. This again reinforces how problematic “but” is (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).
“As Supreme Court Justice Mike Randolph wrote in his dissent, which was supported by Chief Justice William Waller and Justice Randy Pierce: ‘Today’s decision is a STUNNING victory for some LAWLESS CONVICTED FELONS and AN IMMEASURABLE LOSS for the law-abiding citizens of our State”.
“Barbour’s statement said he understands “the natural feelings of victims and their families” and recognizes that pardons are GENERALLY UNPOPULAR“. NO DUH. “Nevertheless, these were decisions based on REPENTENCE, REHABILITATION and REDEMPTION, leading to FOREGIVENESS and the right defined and given by the state constitution to the governor to offer such people a second chance”. Do people such as ARMED ROBBERS and MURDERERS deserve “foregiveness?” This is the HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL part.
“The five former Governor’s Mansion trusties had already been released on their pardons by the time Hood persuaded a lower court judge to issue a restraining order. The order kept five other inmates in prison and required the trusties to check in every 24 hours and show up for court hearings. One of the trusties, however, Joseph Ozment moved to Laramie, Wyo. and refused to come back”.
“Ozment’s attorney, Robert Moxley, said Thursday (March 8, 2012) (that) his client felt like “he WASN’T REALLY free until today (March 8, 2012)”. “I asked him if he could DO A CARTWHEEL (?) and he said he’s too old“. This is an AMANDA KNOX-like situation. “But HE SURE IS PLEASED (that) IT’S ALL OVER. He has a VERY HUMANISTIC outlook on it. He said it was hard on the victims’ families, it was hard on the offenders’ families, but he hopes everyone can just GO ON WITH THEIR LIVES“. THIS WILL BE A CHALLENGE because of the inevitable loss of INNOCENCE.
Finally, Randy Walker, “who was shot in the head in 1993 by one of the trusties”, finished off: “I just really HAVEN’T absorbed it yet“. Again, we SHOULDN’T rush to judge these cases/we should RESERVE comments in these cases because this is a “hot button” issue: THE DEATH PENALTY/IMPRISONMENT/PARDONS – these sorts of questions will follow every POLITICIAN once they leave office.