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Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

Circuit Judge Tomie Green scheduled the hearing for 3 p.m. Monday in Jackson.

Hood wants to return those who were freed by Barbour, including convicted killers, to the prison system. The vast majority of people who could be stripped of their pardons won't be sent back to prison because they were out before Barbour's action.

Barbour, a Republican who ended his second term Jan. 10, pardoned about 203 people in his final days in office.

Hood, the lone Democrat in statewide office, challenged those pardons in court Jan. 11. He filed an amended complaint last week seeking to block dozens of other pardons.

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