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April 2, 2011

Rally at Mississippi Capitol for Scott sisters pardon

  • NO Haley Barbour won’t give the Scott sisters a full pardon source

» The Governor won’t have it: A rally was held outside the Mississippi State Capitol building yesterday, urging Governor Haley Barbour to grant a full pardon to the Scott sisters, Gladys and Jamie. It’s been 16 years since the two received double life sentences for armed robbery, a punishment that was absurdly severe even if presuming the sisters’ guilt- check out this great article by The New York Times’ Bob Herbert to brush up on the story. Barbour suspended their sentences indefinitely earlier this year, because Jamie had kidney disease and Gladys was offering a transplant, so they now have their freedom back. Barbour’s response on properly pardoning the two, though? “Tell ‘em don’t save any space in the newspaper for that to be announced.”

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12:09 // 3 years ago
December 30, 2010

Haley Barbour: Want early release? That will cost you one kidney

  • $11 the amount two Mississippi sisters stole in an armed robbery at a nightclub 16 years ago
  • two the number of life sentences they got for the crime (really); they had no prior records
  • one number of kidneys one sister has to donate as a condition of her sentence getting suspended source
18:09 // 3 years ago