The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday denied the state attorney general's attempt to have it reconsider its assent to controversial pardons -- several of them for convicted killers -- issued earlier this year by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour.
Anderson Cooper looks at the accusations against ex-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour for the pardons to convicts.
One of the men controversially pardoned earlier this year by Mississippi's outgoing governor could land back behind bars after being charged with driving drunk and causing an accident that killed an 18-year-old woman.
For more than three months, Linda Smith has wondered how the man who police say was driving drunk and involved in a crash last year that killed her daughter could be pardoned for a previous felony drunken driving offense.
Two murderers are issued driver's licenses and buy cars before being pardoned. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.
Mississippi's attorney general Thursday again asked the state Supreme Court to overturn some 200 pardons, including those of convicted murderers, issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour in January during his last days in office.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour addressed the pardons he issued. Gunshot victim Randy Walker responds.
Two convicted murderers received driver's licenses and bought cars before being officially pardoned by Haley Barbour.
Investigative documents obtained by CNN show that former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, his wife and his staff may have given preferential treatment to two of the convicted murderers who were among the more than 200 former and current inmates he pardoned in January.
All five remaining inmates held in the Mississippi pardons controversy have now been released from prison.
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin explains how the Mississippi pardons can never be appealed and what it means for those pardoned.
Mississippi's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the controversial pardons of more than 200 convicts that former Gov. Haley Barbour granted on his way out of office, rejecting a challenge by the state's attorney general.
CNN's Ed Lavandera talks to the mother of a young girl killed by a drunk driver who was pardoned by Haley Barbour.
Judges on Mississippi's Supreme Court on Thursday heard challenges to the scores of controversial pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour on his way out of office, peppering lawyers with questions but making no immediate ruling.
Unraveling the complex back stories of the more than 200 pardons issued by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is revealing serious questions about how pardon review decisions were carried out.
A bid by Mississippi's attorney general to overturn the pardons of four convicted murderers and other inmates won't be heard this week after all.
Getting the convicted murderers pardoned by outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour back in prison is like "being on a manhunt with one arm tied behind my back," the state's attorney general said.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says that some of the convicted criminals didn't deserve a pardon.
The "Reward" sign being nailed above the convenience store counter takes on a little more meaning here in Desoto County, Mississippi. At the Old Road Store, it's personal.
Convicted killer Joseph Ozment is a pardoned man. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the fear his release has caused.
A Mississippi judge delays the decision on whether or not former Gov. Haley Barbour's pardons violate the constitution.
A Mississippi court ruled Monday that there will be no change in conditions set for the four convicted murderers pardoned earlier this month by then-Gov. Haley Barbour, at least until a hearing February 3.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has ended the practice of inmate trusties working for the governor, a tradition that was linked to a number of controversial pardons by his predecessor, Haley Barbour.
CNN's Martin Savidge locates one of the convicted murderers pardoned by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour breaks his silence on the controversy over his final pardons.
One of four convicted murderers whose whereabouts had been unknown since they were controversially pardoned last week by Mississippi's governor insisted Friday that he hasn't been on the run, saying he is a changed man who deserved to be freed.
On his last day in office, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi signed individual executive clemency warrants for about 200 criminals. It was quite a stunt for a guy who had used his clemency power less than a dozen times throughout the previous eight years in office.
Jeff Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst, explains what former Gov. Barbour said yesterday about his controversial pardons.
Mississippi's attorney general said Thursday that the state may have to issue a nationwide manhunt after four pardoned murderers left jail and "hit the road running."
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about fighting Gov. Barbour's recent pardons.
A Mississippi judge Wednesday evening issued a temporary injunction forbidding the release of any more prisoners pardoned or given clemency by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour, whose actions created an uproar.
In his last days in office, outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour approved full pardons for 199 people, including 14 convicted murderers, according to documents released by the Mississippi Secretary of State's office Tuesday.
Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned four men convicted of murder.
As usual, Professor Paul Krugman's piece in the Monday morning New York Times is causing a great deal of chatter among the political types. Krugman points out just how inept the Republican field is. In some cases he takes a scalpel (and in others a machete) to surely the weakest field of presidential aspirants any party has offered in modern American history (see my earlier CNN column comparing this field to 1980). I believe I can explain why this field is so inept. In order to proffer this explanation I am going to utilize Professor Krugman's field of economics.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says pro-life "personhood" initiative is "too ambiguous" for some voters to support.
Mississippi voters are casting ballots Tuesday on an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.
CNN.com's Mallory Simon discusses a proposed amendment to Mississippi's constitution that questions when life begins.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered his support Friday for an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception, saying he cast his absentee ballot for the measure despite struggling with its implications.
Gov. Haley Barbour says he's surprised by the allegations made against Herman Cain and wants to see how it all plays out.
Conservative after conservative took the stage and railed against President Barack Obama at this week's Republican Leadership Conference, a three-day gathering of presidential candidates, party activists and political operatives in New Orleans.
Floodwaters around Vidalia, Louisiana, aren't going anywhere, anytime soon, as CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.
Now that he's officially out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is candidly sharing his thoughts on the field of potential candidates.
CNN's John King stands chest deep in floodwater in Butte LaRose, Louisiana, where water is intentionally being diverted.
The flood-swollen Mississippi River was cresting at Vicksburg Wednesday night, hours earlier than anticipated but at a record level of 57 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
Andrew Fahlund of American Rivers talks about environmental techniques that can ease reliance on levees during floods.
As a historic crest of the swollen Mississippi River rolls southward, residents throughout the river region are on high alert and braced for the possibility of more flooding in the days ahead.
An intentionally breached levee floods farmlands, leaving farmers struggling to figure out what's next.
With his Southern accent, background as a two-term governor and varied political experience, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour thought he might be the perfect candidate to go up against President Barack Obama.
Haley Barbour announces he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Jessica Yellin reports.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.
Two sisters released from a Mississippi prison with the stipulation that one donates a kidney to the other said Saturday they will continue fighting for a full pardon.
Two sisters convicted of armed robbery are freed, provided one sister donates a kidney to the other.
Newt Gingrich's decision to acknowledge publicly he is exploring a White House bid will be seen as a significant moment, a line drawn in the sand that will mark the official beginning of the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Five possible presidential hopefuls are visiting Iowa Monday in order to gain the support of future caucus-goers.
A proposed kidney transplant that got two sisters released from jail has been put on hold.
Three years ago, GOP candidates were all but piling on each other to announce their candidacy for the Republican nomination for president.
Events around the United States honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as the nation marked the 25th anniversary of the holiday in honor of one of the country's most prominent civil rights leaders.
To commemorate the occasion and celebrate the first lady's birthday, the Obamas perform community service on MLK day.
After 16 years behind bars in Mississippi, two sisters were released Friday on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other.
Jamie and Gladys Scott reflect on their imprisonment and say they hold no grudge against those who put them behind bars.
Evelyn Rasco started crying early Saturday morning as soon as she saw the cars carrying her daughters turn the corner.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien catches up with Gladys and Jamie Scott a few hours after their release from prison.
Two Mississippi sisters who have spent 16 years in prison over an $11 armed robbery will be released with an unusual stipulation: One must donate a kidney to the other.
With the help of the "Magic Wall," CNN's John King and panel members review memorable moments of the past year.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a possible Republican presidential candidate, recently caused a major stir. In an interview with the Weekly Standard, he referred to race relations while growing up in Mississippi this way: "I just don't remember it as being that bad."
Mississippi governor Haley Barbour has been credited with orchestrating many of the GOP's key midterm wins.
Tens of thousands of low-income workers lost their jobs Thursday as a stimulus-subsidized employment program came to an end.
There's at least one stimulus program that's creating jobs and winning praise from both sides of the political aisle.
BP began deploying pressure sensors on its ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in an effort to fine-tune estimates of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, government and company officials said.
A long, narrow strip of oil washed up on Petit Bois Island off the Mississippi coast on Tuesday, the first time crude believed to be from the massive Gulf of Mexico spill has reached the state's shores, Gov. Haley Barbour's office reported.
Speakers at the National Rifle Association's annual leadership forum on Friday touted Second Amendment rights and also set their sights on the upcoming midterm elections.
The former Alaska governor made the case for the 2nd amendment at the annual NRA leadership forum.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talks with CNN's Don Lemon about the damage and fatalities from Saturday's tornado.
Rescue crews in Mississippi continued to search for survivors Sunday from a powerful tornado that ripped through the state a day earlier, killing 10 people, injuring dozens of others and leveling scores of homes.
Amateur video shows a large funnel cloud near Goodnight, Texas.
A tornado almost a mile wide tore through Mississippi on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and causing significant injuries and damage as it raked cities from the central western border with Louisiana northeastward to Alabama.
Gov. Haley Barbour talks to CNN's Candy Crowley about the GOP's chances in the 2010 elections.
The GOP this past weekend wrapped up its annual Southern Republican Leadership Conference, where attendees discussed policy, lashed out at the Obama administration and laid the groundwork for what they hope will be a major comeback in the midterm elections.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defeated Texas Rep. Ron Paul by a single vote in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's 2012 straw poll on Saturday.
In the early days of his campaign for governor in Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell hired longtime GOP pollster Glen Bolger to take the pulse of the state's notoriously independent-minded voters.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he expects both presidential candidates to be at Friday night's debate, even though Sen. John McCain has said he'll only go if Congress reaches a deal on the bailout.
President Bush, Vice President Cheney and prominent governors decided on Sunday to skip the Republican National Convention
Officials in some Gulf Coast states spent the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Friday gearing up for what could be the biggest threat to the region since Katrina hit in 2005.
CNN's Sean Callebs takes a look at how New Orleans might respond to another monster hurricane.
Hurricane Katrina victims still living in temporary housing along Mississippi's coastline should begin evacuating this weekend as Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour announced Monday that he is naming Republican Rep. Roger Wicker as Trent Lott's replacement in the Senate.
CNN's Brian Todd looks at Tuesday's election results and what they may say about the 2008 race.
Election 2007 is in the record books. But can this election, overshadowed by the early start to next year's presidential contest, tell us anything about the 2008 contests?
The GOP has held on to the governorship in Mississippi but failed to keep one in Kentucky and reportedly has lost control of the Virginia state Senate for the first time in 12 years.
Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour won a second term Tuesday but GOP Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher was defeated in a landslide.
It's Election Day 2007, but the earlier-than-ever starts of the presidential and congressional campaigns have overshadowed this year's races. Still, some contests are worth watching.
Wednesday morning, August 31, two days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans, Blanco was frantic.
In another sign of the gaming industry's anxiety about its future in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, CEOs of the top casino companies are expected to discuss the matter next week during the industry's annual G2E trade show in Las Vegas.
New Orleans faced two crises Wednesday that Louisiana's governor called nightmares: stopping rising floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and evacuating survivors of the deadly storm.
U.S. Gulf Coast residents who braved Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday began to face the storm's impact:
Hurricane Katrina's strike on Mississippi killed at least 54 people Monday, 50 of them in one county, state officials said, and caused what Gov. Haley Barbour called "catastrophic damage" along the coast.
"The only Grover they know in Indiana is the fuzzy creature on Sesame Street," cracked Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels after anti-tax activist Grover Norquist attacked his proposed tax increase.
On the eve of the Republican National Convention, one of the party's foremost leaders from the South was asked about George W. Bush's chances in November. He replied, in a moment of rare candor: "If this campaign is about Kerry, Bush will win the election. If this campaign is about Bush, he will win my state." That is, the GOP must make sure the focus is on Sen. John Kerry to avoid being reduced to the solid Republican South -- and a lost election.
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