Crime victims plan rally against Miss. pardons

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Crime victims are planning a rally Wednesday at the state Capitol to speak out against former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons.

Glenda Walker’s son survived being shot in the head by one of the men pardoned by Barbour before the Republican left office in January. Walker said she’s helping get the word out and plans to participate at the rally scheduled for 2 p.m.

Barbour pardoned 198 people as his second term was ending. The total included four convicted murderers and a robber who worked as inmate trusties at the Governor’s Mansion.

Walker said Monday the group would like to get Mississippi’s pardon laws changed. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled March 8 that the pardons were valid.

Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider.