There’s a difference between wanting to be perceived as “tough on crime” and just being stubborn and arrogant. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, a potential presidential candidate, is refusing to pardon two sisters for a crime that, if they were guilty, would have earned them $11.
Jamie and Gladys Scott, black women, each served 16 years of a life sentence and were released from prison earlier this year on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other, The Grio reports. However, despite one of the sister’s illness, 16 years already served, a plea of innocence and a rally of supporters calling for their permanent release, Governor Barbour will not pardon the Scotts. “I wouldn’t hold my breath,” Barbour said, rudely.
The Scott’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, says they’re innocent and has planned a rally with hopes of putting public pressure on the governor to permanently release them from jail. “If he wants to tell people coming here tomorrow that — don’t hold their breath — then we’ll give him the message. We don’t intend to hold back our outrage at injustice, and we don’t intend to stop fighting for justice,” he said.
A spokesman for the governor that he “has not granted pardons to anyone who does not admit their guilt and express remorse.”
Basically, Barbour doesn’t like uppity Negroes.