Miss. gov plans to deny pardon makes ex-inmate cry

Published 11:53 pm Saturday, April 2, 2011

A woman released from prison on condition that she donate a kidney to her sister says she cried when she heard Gov. Haley Barbour intends to deny them pardons.

Gladys Scott and her sister Jamie spoke to about 350 people who rallied Friday outside the Mississippi Capitol to support their pardon request.

Republican Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, released the sisters from prison in January on the condition that Gladys give a kidney to Jamie. He suspended their life sentences.

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The women served 16 years for armed robbery but say they’re innocent.

Barbour told The Associated Press on Thursday that he doesn’t plan to clear the sisters.

Jamie Scott says she thanks Barbour for the release, but “Mississippi took 16 years and 32 days of my life.”