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3 Plead Guilty to Hate Crime for Murder of Black Man

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Three white Mississippi men pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in connection with the June 2011 beating death of an African-American man in Jackson.

Deryl Dedmon, John Aaron Rice, and Dylan Butler admitted to killing James Craig Anderson. They face life in prison and $250,000 fine.

Mr. Dedmon had already pleaded guilty to state murder and hate-crime charges Wednesday in a state court and was sentenced to life in prison.

The men are among the first defendants to be prosecuted under the federal hate-crime statute that President Barack Obama signed in 2009.

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Santorum Wins Mississippi

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Rick Santorum has won the Mississippi Republican primary.

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are in a close battle for second.

Thirty-seven of the forty Mississippi delegates are tied to the primary, and the state will award those delegates proportionally.

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Santorum Wins Alabama

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Rick Santorum has won the Alabama Republican primary.

Forty-seven of Alabama’s fifty delegates are tied to the primary, and the state will award those delegates proportionally.

Mr. Santorum, coming off a win in Kansas on Saturday, got a boost in the battle to be the alternative to Mitt Romney by beating Newt Gingrich on his home turf.

Mississippi is also holding a primary today, and Hawaii and American Samoa are holding caucuses.

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Mississippi Supreme Court Rules Barbour’s Pardons Valid

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Controversial pardons issued by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour before he left office are valid, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled.

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Barbour’s 200 Pardons Conferred on the White, Well-Connected, and Well-Funded

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This month, Mississippi’s governor, Haley Barbour, pardoned 198 people as he left office.

Mr. Barbour issued ten times as many pardons as his four predecessors combined. Among them were four murderers who worked at the Governor’s Mansion and Brett Favre’s brother, who killed a friend in a drunken-driving accident.

A close look at some of the clemency applications of the pardoned reveals that a significant share contained appeals from members of prominent Mississippi families, major Republican donors, or others from the higher social strata of Mississippi life.

The governor erased records or suspended the sentences of at least ten felons who had been students at the University of Mississippi or Mississippi State when they were arrested, including at least three who killed people while driving drunk and several others charged with selling cocaine and ecstasy. Another pardon went to the grandson of a couple who once lived near Mr. Barbour’s family in his hometown, Yazoo City.

One beneficiary, who killed an eight-month-old boy in an alcohol-induced crash in 2001, is a member of the prominent Hill Brothers Construction Company family, big-money political donors who give mostly to Republicans, including Mr. Barbour. The man’s uncle sought and received a pardon from President George W. Bush in 2006, erasing a federal income tax conviction.

Mr. Barbour declined to comment on the pardons. His spokesperson said that in 95% of the cases, the governor went along with the recommendation of the parole board he had appointed. In some cases, the governor granted pardons that the board unanimously opposed.

In a state with the highest poverty rate in the nation, where nearly 70% of convicts are black, redemption appears to have been attained disproportionately by white people and the well connected.

Via The New York Times.

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Judge Halts Barbour’s 200 Pardons

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A Mississippi judge has halted the releasing twenty-one pardoned inmates by issuing a temporary injunction, said state Attorney General Jim Hood.

Outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour approved full pardons for nearly 200 people, including fourteen convicted murderers.

The pardons included four convicted murderers and a convicted armed robber who were released Sunday. The five now must contact prison officials as their fate is adjudicated.

Attorney General Hood said Gov. Barbour violated Mississippi’s Constitution because the pardon requests were not published thirty days before the governor granted them.

The four murderers who were released had worked at the governor’s mansion as they served their life sentences.

A court hearing on the matter is scheduled for January 23.

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Mississippi: The Worst State in America to Have HIV

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Recently, an elderly woman in Mississippi was left alone on the curb outside a hospital emergency room. The woman didn’t have a medical emergency. She’d been dumped by the nursing room employees who had learned that she had HIV, according to a lawyer at the Mississippi Center for Justice to whom she was eventually referred.

This sort of abuse is stunning, and it’s stunningly common. Mississippi, which ranks last or next-to-last in many health indicators, is the worst state in the country for people with HIV and AIDS. It’s also the state with the fastest-growing population of those infected with the virus.

Head over to Salon to read about the factors working against those with HIV/AIDS.

Via Salon.

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