My Personal Position on Former Governor Haley Barbour, Pardons and The Scott Sisters

On March 2011 the Associated Press reported that Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour told The Associated Press on Thursday he doesn't plan to pardon two sisters he released from prison earlier this year on the condition that one donates a kidney to the other.

Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, was asked what he'll say to a pardon request that the attorney for Jamie and Gladys Scott plans to file Friday.

"I wouldn't hold my breath," Barbour responded.
Asked to elaborate on the possibility of a pardon, Barbour told the AP: "Tell `em don't save any space in the newspaper for that to be announced."   Click below for entire story -

"Tell `em don't save any space in the newspaper for that to be announced."

Governor ' Haley Barbour Of Mississippi Calls Himself A Big Fat Red Neck

With all of this being said - I'm not understanding why anyone would have assumed that Governor Barbour would pardon the sisters.  Additionally, I cannot understand why any legal professional would have encouraged their hopes. It saddens me to constantly hear that Gladys cried when she learned that they did not make the list.

It's ludicrous - Barbour said time and time again that he would NOT grant The Scott Sisters A Pardon. The former governor is a Republican for God's sake - he means what he says.  I totally understand the sister's personal feelings  and I hold deep sympathy for the situation, however; they have been bamboozled. 

Mrs. Evelyn Rasco - the mother of Jamie and Gladys Scott contacted me for assistance in gaining freedom for her daughters.  Mrs. Rasco and I created a global movement for the sisters. In other words we gained support from around the world.

In 2011, after years of working on the case, a group of prominent attorneys came forth to take their cases back to court for an exoneration. This group did not include the attorney representing them currently and the sisters opted NOT to seek this path.  They seemed very assured and very reassured that they would receive a pardon.

The results unfortunately,  are an indefinite suspension which is Life On Parole, Parole for Life or Paper Until They Die. 

While on parole for life -  fees must be paid every month. They are at VERY HIGH RISK of being thrown back into the penitentiary.  One has to stop and wonder how they will survive with felonious criminal records? What employers hire felons during these oppressed economic times? Very few employers are hiring non felons.  Furthermore; the sisters are Innocent!!!

At this juncture a team of well known, seasoned attorneys with experience in pardons -  Hollywood actors and actresses -  may gain the attention that is needed for a Pardon Based On Innocence.  If this team is assembled now - there may be success in 8 years. A Pardon Based on Innocence is Very different from a full pardon.  A full pardon as currently requested, claims guilt. The sisters are innocent.

 The New Governor Phil Bryant has stated the following

 Bryant's spokesman Mick Bullock said in an email that, "Governor Bryant has no intentions to pardon anyone." Click the link below for the entire story.

Governor Phil Bryant has no intentions to pardon anyone

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