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Former Gov. Barbour defends his pardons on CNN

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The pardoning or reduction of the sentences of more than 200 criminals by former Governor Haley Barbour has garnered national attention and the former governor went on CNN Friday to defend his actions.

Barbour has said he is very comfortable with the pardons. State Attorney General Jim Hood has gotten a court order to halt some of them due to the lack of proper public notification.

Barbour says that is the fault of the attorney general.

"The special assistant attorney general, who reports to Jim Hood, wrote my office and it's been published in the paper, will take care of the publication. So Jim Hood's guy failed to do the publication on time, which by the way doesn't matter under our constitution and now Jim Hood is suing to take these people's liberty away because his guy didn't do what he said he's going to do," former Governor Barbour explained.

Hood says the allegations have no value and he will address them in court.

The pardons of 10 of the more than 200 will be taken up in Hinds County Circuit Court February 3rd.

Nine of the 10 have been located and must report to authorities on a daily basis. One pardoned murderer, Joseph Ozment, has not been found.

The attorney general is offering a reward for information leading to Ozment.

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