5 Mississippi inmates pardoned

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The last remaining inmates that were pardoned by Haley Barbour, the former Mississippi governor, were released Saturday after the state supreme court approved their freedom, according to Yahoo.com.

Gov. Barbour granted pardons to over 200 inmates as he left office in January, the most in state history.

"We are mindful that the victims and their families are entitled to be interested in the subject matter of this case, and they are undoubtedly -- and understandably -- concerned with its outcome," Justice Jess Dickinson wrote for the majority.

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Michael Randolph said, "a stunning victory for some lawless convicted felons, and an immeasurable loss for the law-abiding citizens of our state."

Before this case, the governor was allowed to "decide whether the Constitution's publication requirement was met."

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