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Mississippi / Governor's Pardons / Murderers / A Discussion #1012078

CNN Evening News for Monday, Jan 16, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The pardons by outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour recalled. [On Fox, BARBOUR - says these men {murderers} have repented and can be trusted around the grandchildren.]

(Jackson, Mississippi: Martin Savidge) The work by Mississippi prison inmates at the governor's mansion examined; details given about requirements, the tradition of pardoning mansions trustees and how murderers are not really eligible. [Murderer Anthony McCRAY - recounts what he did at the governor's mansion; notes we saw the governor every day.] [Victim's brother Ronald BONDS†, state house Bobby MOAK†- raise questions.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The defense by Barbour of having inmates work at the mansion noted. [On Fox, BARBOUR - says people who commit a crime of passion are least likely to commit another crime.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and forensic psychiatrist Helen Morrison about criminals. [MORRISON - refutes the Barbour idea of crime of passion: the risk is still there; agrees the pardon system is antiquated.] [TOOBIN - says this idea is a relic of a criminal justice system that was sexist; likens the system to a feudal system.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Savidge, Martin

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