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MS judge to hear AG's challenge of Barbour pardons

Miss. AG's office says it can't find 1 of 5 former inmate trusties pardoned by Barbour By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ' The Mississippi attorney general's office says it has not been able to find a convicted killer pardoned by Haley Barbour during his final days as governor.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green ordered five former inmates who worked as Governor's Mansion trusties and were pardoned by Barbour to appear in court Monday, but authorities haven't located Joseph Ozment. He was convicted in 1994 of killing a man during a robbery.

Green scheduled a 3 p.m. CST hearing to consider arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood, who's challenging some of Barbour's 198 end-of-term pardons.

Hood wants to return recently freed inmates to prison. Most of those who could lose pardons were out of prison before Barbour's action.

Republican Barbour has accused Hood, a Democrat, of partisan politics.

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