Barbour pardons dozens

Gov. Haley Barbour, under fire in recent days for pardoning more convicted murderers, on his last day in office on Tuesday granted clemency to what appears to be dozens of convicts, for crimes ranging from simple possession of marijuana to homicide.

It was unclear how many granted pardons were being freed from jail and how many were simply having their records cleared by the governor.

Barbour has come under fire from victims's families, the public and lawmakers for his pardoning of convicted killers who have worked as trusties at the Governors Mansion, including several in recent days.

Numerous lawmakers say they'll push for restricting the governor's clemency powers or to change the process by which pardons are granted.

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