Before Haley Barbour left his office he went on a pardoning rampage. Barbour pardoned more than 200 convicted criminals in Mississippi (21 of those pardons were blocked by a Mississippi court) including Brett Favre’s brother Scott Favre.
Earnest Scott Favre had his record cleared in the 1996 death of his best friend, Mark Haverty. According to the Lombardiave, Scott Favre’s arrest came after he drunkenly drove in front of a train in Mississippi. Haverty died in the crash and Favre was sentenced to a year of house arrest followed by two years of probation.
Scott Favre’s pardon could be the most reasonable from Haley Barbour. The former Mississippi governor pardoned 208 convicted criminals, 14 of which were in prison for murder.
The Huffington Post reports that among Barbour’s pardons were David Gatlin, who shot his estranged wife in the head in 1993, and Joseph Ozment, who killed a clerk in 1994, Anthony McCray, who killed his wife in 2001, and Charles Hooker, who was serving a life sentence for murder.
Some of Barbour’s pardons have been blocked due to a constitutional rule that requires legal notices to be published a month prior to the pardon.
Mississippi: Atty. Gen. Jim Hood, told the LA Times:
“It’s unfortunate Gov. Barbour didn’t read the constitution. It’s a shame, and he oughta be ashamed.”
Barbour said that 189 of the people he pardoned, including Scott Favre, were no longer incarcerated. Barbour said:
“The pardons were intended to allow them to find gainful employment or acquire professional licenses as well as hunt and vote. My decision about clemency was based upon the recommendation of the parole board in more than 90% of the cases.”