FROM Tucker Carrington
Barbour's Pardons and Mississippi's History of Unjust Prosecutions Mississippi's former Governor Haley Barbour waited two days before explaining why he pardoned 200 convicts before leaving office this week. He said most already had been released and that all deserved the right to get jobs, vote and be licensed to hunt. But a judge blocked more than 21 pardons and four convicted killers may have to go back to jail. Judge Tomie Green agreed with an outraged Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood that some may have violated the state constitution, which requires a notice of possible pardons be published in local newspapers for 30 days. Tucker Carrington is Director of the Mississippi Innocence Project, based at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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