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Outgoing Mississippi governor pardons four killers
CNN.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff

Posted on 01/09/2012 6:18:11 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(CNN) -- In his last days in office, outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned four men convicted of murder, a state official said Monday.

David Gatlin, Joseph Ozment, Charles Hooker and Anthony McCray received full pardons and were released at 1 p.m. Sunday, said Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. All four were serving life sentences and worked as trusties at the governor's mansion, she said.

"It is at any governor's discretion," said Singletary.

Gatlin was convicted of murder, aggravated assault and burglary of a residence, she said. Ozment was convicted of murder, conspiracy and armed robbery in a separate case. Both inmates were at minimum security level, she said.

Hooker was convicted in a 1991 murder, while McCray was convicted in a 2001 murder, Singletary said. The governor also recently pardoned Nathan Kern, who was serving a life sentence for burglary, she said.

Families of the men's victims told CNN affiliates WAPT and WLBT they are outraged by Barbour's decision.

Attempts by CNN on Monday to reach Barbour's office for comment on the pardons were unsuccessful.

In 1993, WLBT reported, Gatlin walked into the trailer where his estranged wife, Tammy Ellis Gatlin, lived and shot her in the head. The woman's friend, Randy Walker, survived a gunshot to the head.

"Is Gov. Barbour going to pardon us from our aches and pains and heartache that we have to suffer?" the victim's mother, Betty Ellis, asked WLBT. "Is he going to pardon a child that had to grow up without a mother? Is he going to pardon me from never being able to feel her arms around my neck again? What is Barbour going to do about that?"

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: haleybarbour; killers; pardons; wtf

1 posted on 01/09/2012 6:18:13 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Are there any mitigating circumstances? So far, I don’t see any.


2 posted on 01/09/2012 6:22:46 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Guess he does not want to be Willard’s vp.


3 posted on 01/09/2012 6:23:26 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Doesn't sound like mitigating factors or a question of guilt.

The families might consider dealing with problems the government is unable to comprehend. I doubt a jury would convict.

4 posted on 01/09/2012 6:23:51 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
What the hell is wrong with him?!?!?

After this insanity, I personally think all pardons should be done away with and no pardons allowed at the state or federal level...ever again!!!

5 posted on 01/09/2012 6:24:22 PM PST by top 2 toe red (Not supporting a corrupt, Marxist, Socialist President makes me a racist?!? Then a racist I am!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
All the attaboys in the world are not going to get Haley Barbour out of this. People here are really upset that Barbour did this as he was leaving. This is one awSheet that he won't be able to scrape off his shoe for the rest of his life. I hope he got plenty of money for this act because after this he couldn't get elected to the neighborhood board. This act made Ray Blanton look good.
6 posted on 01/09/2012 6:24:44 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: top 2 toe red
abusus non tollit usum
7 posted on 01/09/2012 6:27:35 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: top 2 toe red

The “compassion” disease. He “knew” these guys because they worked at the governors mansion. They seemed “okay” so he pardoned them.

In any case, I guess he’s not planning to run for any higher offices.


8 posted on 01/09/2012 6:27:49 PM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What an idiot! Being from Mississippi just makes the insult greater. I can’t begin to believe the pain this causes the victims’ families. “Governor, I never knew you!”


9 posted on 01/09/2012 6:29:19 PM PST by jennings2004 (Texas or Kansas?-- American geography is so confusing...at least they have some common border...:)).)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

There doesn’t seem to be much question about why he did this, or what the common factor was: “All four were serving life sentences and worked as trusties at the governor’s mansion, she said.”


10 posted on 01/09/2012 6:31:47 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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11 posted on 01/09/2012 6:34:53 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Looks like the little fat man has burned his political bridges.


12 posted on 01/09/2012 6:35:09 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/report-ms-gov-barbour-pardons-convicted-murderer-15318921#.TwuhH4Hkq3p
“The inmates are David Gatlin, convicted of killing his estranged wife in 1993; Joseph Ozment, convicted in 1994 of killing a man during a robbery; Anthony McCray, convicted in 2001 of killing his wife; Charles Hooker, sentenced to life in 1992 for murder; and Nathan Kern, sentenced to life in 1982 for burglary after at least two prior convictions.”


13 posted on 01/09/2012 6:37:05 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Clintonfatigued

They turned their lives around.

One of them only served ten or eleven years, the others not quite twenty. Two wife-killers, a robber.

Barbour must really be done with any elected or appointed office.


14 posted on 01/09/2012 6:40:06 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Cicero
There doesn’t seem to be much question about why he did this, or what the common factor was: “All four were serving life sentences and worked as trusties at the governor’s mansion, she said.”

One has to wonder if these four trustees were witness to some goings-on at the Govenor's Mansion that Mr. Barbor would rather not become public...

15 posted on 01/09/2012 6:44:02 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
He likes pardoning men that murder their wives in the most violent of circumstances. Before Katrina, he pardoned another man servant from his mansion... a man that went to the bank where his wife worked and shot her point blank in the face!

haley is a corporatist that despises Private Property Rights and his last suggestion as his squeezed his fat ass out of the Governors Mansion in Jackson was to TAX THE INTERNET! I will not miss him... I hope Phil Bryant lives up to his promises.

LLS

16 posted on 01/09/2012 6:49:19 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (obamao... ...the bastard son of a hippie slut and a drunk communist British Kenyan!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m convinced that ALL the elites in this country have gone stark raving mad. There’s not one “leader” in this country worth much more than a bucket of spit.


17 posted on 01/09/2012 6:50:53 PM PST by LongWayHome
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To: Little Ray

Mississippians may be running his a$$ back to his DC Lobbying
Job, with Pitch Forks.


18 posted on 01/09/2012 6:55:02 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; ...

Ping


19 posted on 01/09/2012 6:56:10 PM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: Ethrane

I think that Governor Barbour has no future political ambitions after this move.


20 posted on 01/09/2012 6:58:33 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I think if you pardon somebody, they have to move in with you for one-month afterwards.


21 posted on 01/09/2012 7:01:25 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: heartwood

What sort of LIFETIME pension will the Guvnah receive upon leaving office? With the right kind of golden parachute he can flip the bird to everybody!


22 posted on 01/09/2012 7:13:36 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: iowamark

The article says 4 men were pardoned, you have listed 5 men.


23 posted on 01/09/2012 7:46:28 PM PST by calex59
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To: calex59
The governor also recently pardoned Nathan Kern, who was serving a life sentence for burglary, she said.
24 posted on 01/09/2012 7:49:30 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Well, well, well....I haven't put my two cents worth in on Free Republic in a long time so please forgive Ole Malichi.

It's bad that this gentleman could not control his temper but I guess it's only human when you come to your wife's home to talk about your failing marriage and fined her in the sack with someone that is supposed to be your friend and then see your baby lying in the bed witnessing the carnal act. I would have to say that it would be hard not to invoke a little 230 gr .45 cal justice of my own if I wore this man's shoes that fateful day.

There are always two sides to every story.

25 posted on 01/09/2012 7:57:39 PM PST by Malichi (!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
What the heck? Dimentia setting in?


26 posted on 01/09/2012 9:02:37 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I hope Haley’s wife has a bug-out plan.


27 posted on 01/09/2012 9:05:49 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry)
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To: iowamark

Okay, that clears it up.


28 posted on 01/09/2012 9:16:38 PM PST by calex59
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; dixiechick2000; Black Agnes

damn Haley...wish I’d known you wuz hiring at the mansion for pardons cuz!


29 posted on 01/09/2012 9:36:19 PM PST by wardaddy (I fear we cannot beat Roger Ailes and beltway GOP)
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To: WKB

*sigh*


30 posted on 01/10/2012 12:24:42 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: wardaddy

LOL!

You’re a mess. ;o)

It’s good to see you!


31 posted on 01/10/2012 12:27:52 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: Tribune7

I bet Marsha will stay in Missippy.


32 posted on 01/10/2012 12:28:57 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: Little Ray

“and worked as trusties at the governor’s mansion”

I wonder if they didn’t end up stumbling on a certain closet while they were performing their duties. You know - the one with all of the skeletons in it?

Seriously, I bet they found something out and threatened to expose it.


33 posted on 01/10/2012 12:35:47 AM PST by 21twelve
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To: Yo-Yo

Opps - I need to read all the replies before I post (see #33).
But you think this is bad - just think what it will be like when Obama leaves office. (And we thought Clinton was bad!).


34 posted on 01/10/2012 12:39:45 AM PST by 21twelve
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To: dixiechick2000

Sounds like the: don’t get caught with a live boy or a dead girl in the bed syndrome!!!


35 posted on 01/10/2012 4:05:00 AM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: 21twelve

I doubt it.
Barbour is smart enough to know that pardoning them won’t keep mouths shut, at least not for very long.
Dirt on potential ‘Pubbie candidates is worth a lot of money and after 10-20 years in the clink, they’ll sell it in a heartbeat no matter what they promised when they were pardoned.


36 posted on 01/10/2012 6:49:16 AM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: WKB

Serious question to you WKB. What if he had pardoned every single convicted criminal in the entire state?


37 posted on 01/10/2012 8:26:26 PM PST by houeto
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To: houeto

He damn near did!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2831264/posts


38 posted on 01/10/2012 8:32:46 PM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
While Barbour's office hasn't responded to messages about the pardons, he told the AP for a 2008 story that releasing the trusties who live and work at the mansion is a tradition in Mississippi that goes back decades. Trusties are prisoners who earn privileges through good behavior.

http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-miss-gov-barbour-pardons-4-killers-214231800.html

39 posted on 01/10/2012 8:36:52 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: WKB

“Sounds like the: don’t get caught with a live boy or a dead girl in the bed syndrome!!!”

Color me disappointed.

He IS the Establishment, after all. :o(


40 posted on 01/11/2012 12:06:15 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: houeto

(What if he had pardoned every single convicted criminal in the entire state?)

I really don’t have a serious answer for your serious question.


41 posted on 01/11/2012 4:50:48 PM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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