'This Week' Video Extra: Haley Barbour

The former Mississippi governor defends his controversial pardons.
1:54 | 03/18/12

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-- ago a lot of heat for the pardons -- issued before leaving office the Mississippi Supreme Court has now upheld those pardons did you feel vindicated. Off of them can about the law all but the law has been playing not state for decades but this issue goes back to. 188619211923. That in previous court decisions about this in the Mississippi Supreme Court simply followed the port -- should. That have been handed down for decades addicted. For a lot of people were thrown golf. Is it Mississippi the governor's mansion as for decades probably more than a century been largely staffed by in the nation's -- -- They're all trustees that is they are all people who have been on good behavior their minimum security they've got good -- independent interest. Even though they've mostly committed terrible crash -- almost of the seventy. In. Inmates who worked in the mansion over eight years that I pardoned six to game -- Barak it will -- I don't think people don't this -- the shop where he would -- anyone understand that about orchard and understand surrounded by convict what -- -- -- the governor's mansion. The technologist experts. The least likely person in the penitentiary to ever commit another crime. As one who committed a crime of passion. One crime in -- life. And generally that's going to be somebody Marines walked from his girlfriend ma rouge -- more -- Marie Mott is watched war for a and that was the case with us when you give people second chance to have -- and -- -- rehabilitate and redeem -- sales. Then give them the best chance that you can give them that's why -- the ones and our -- rather -- Jewish community percent notes. So that they would have the best chance of any success from -- -- second chance.

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