Transcript for Outgoing Mississippi Governor Speaks Out
Controversy raging in Mississippi the outgoing governor Haley Barbour is under fire for pardoning convicted killers and rapists. Now he is finally speaking out about why he did it ABC's Steve -- Sami has been on the story from the very beginning. Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour defended the more than 200 pardons he issued on his way out of office this week. Saying that he believes in forgiveness and second chances I am -- comparable. And totally at peace. -- -- Hardens a popular governor -- now finds himself defending the murderers and rapists he set free leaf farms are consistent with the power -- the governor about constitution. And I am fully confident these farms and other clemency. -- all that. Mississippi's attorney general trying to block apartments is taking the issue to court but five -- for them convicted murderers who cooked and cleaned at the governor's mansion. Have already been set free. Barbour said he doesn't believe those men are a danger to anyone and that he let them play with his grandchildren at the mansion there are no threat to society. That's what I -- -- to the public of Mississippi. One of those -- David gatlin was sentenced to life for murdering his estranged wife in 1993. She was holding their baby in her arms when he shot her dad her family and other victims are furious is -- -- -- Will -- now. Premeditated. Mark -- says he understands that our memories that hurt they feel but says the state should be administering revenge and the reason we hang out. And always have did -- part in our constitution. Is we believe. In forgiveness is the man are ordered to appear at a hearing on the 23 Steve -- on the ABC news Jackson Mississippi.
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