12 January, 2012

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The process of releasing 21 pardoned inmates has been halted after a Mississippi judge's temporary injunction, said state Attorney General Jim Hood.

Outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour approved full pardons for nearly 200 people, including 14 convicted murderers, according to documents the Mississippi secretary of state's office released.

The pardons included four convicted murderers and a convicted armed robber who were released Sunday. The five now must contact prison officials daily as their fate is adjudicated.

Hood, who sought the court's injunction, said Barbour violated Mississippi's Constitution because the pardon requests for many inmates were not published 30 days before they were granted, as required.

The four murderers who were released had worked at the governor's mansion as they served their life sentences, said a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

A court hearing on th e matter is scheduled for January 23.

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