Haley Barbour's Pardons Stir Outrage

Families of murder victims angered, fearful after Miss. governor's pardons.
2:08 | 01/12/12

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It began again with big developments overnight following the controversial release of convicted killers and rapists by the outgoing governor of Mississippi on his way out of office. Haley Barbour part in nearly 200 criminals but this morning a judge is stepping in just as victims and we voiced outrage. At not being told ahead of time about these pardons. He BC's Steve -- since Tommy joins us now with the very latest good morning to you Steve. Good morning -- this morning that judge has been asked to send notices. To the -- in prison inmates who've already been released warning them that their apartments could be challenged and that they shouldn't get too far. -- -- former governor. Peter Haley barbour's last minute pardons of more than 200 Mississippi prisoners has left families across the state outraged and terrified. Overnight a state judge -- 21 of the pardons temporarily. But four men convicted of murder have already been released and they don't have to tell anyone where their goal. Just -- Pain and heartache. For us forty year old David gatlin is one of the men set three convicted of murdering his estranged wife in 1993. And then shooting this man her male companion in the head. Randy walker survived and says he and his family fear for their safety. The governor himself up absolutely. And fame in the -- -- electors yet. But there what many. That's a coward's way out -- the new governor sworn in just hours after the former government issued the pardons is trying to calm nerves. You know had a hand that was kidnapped raped and -- haven't over there will be here. I don't think people in the vehicle have to worry about in the -- Overnight former governor Haley Barbour put out a statement defending himself saying 90% of the individuals were no longer in custody. And a majority of them has been out for years. But the four convicted murderers who went home this week were released because they cooked and cleaned at the governor's mansion a traditional part in Mississippi. In Barber's statement he also said that in pardoning these prisoners he gives them the right to hunt -- and apply for licenses -- -- Steve those who Sami.

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