Lame duck pardons aren't so lame. Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned 4 murderers as he leaves office. It's a tradition, but this isn't one of tradition's highest moments.
The inmates are David Gatlin, convicted of killing his estranged wife in 1993; Joseph Ozment, convicted in 1994 of killing a man during a robbery; Anthony McCray, convicted in 2001 of killing his wife; Charles Hooker, sentenced to life in 1992 for murder; and Nathan Kern, sentenced to life in 1982 for burglary after at least two prior convictions.
The pardons outraged victims' relatives as well as Democratic lawmakers, who called for an end to the custom of governors' issuing such end-of-tenure pardons.
Democrats have pounced on the pardon.
Barbour frequently refers to Mississippi as "the safest state in America for an unborn child."
"So much for being pro-life when you pardon people who take other people's lives," Presley, the public service commissioner, said in an interview. "In one case, the lady had a 6-month-old baby in her arms when she was murdered."
APNewsBreak: Miss. Gov. Barbour pardons 4 killers