A Mississippi judge Wednesday evening issued a temporary injunction forbidding the release of any more prisoners pardoned by outgoing Governor Haley Barbour.
Four convicted murderers and a convicted armed robber were released Sunday, but they must contact officials on a daily basis as the matter is adjudicated.
"We have ordered that they report to the Department of Corrections," said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. "It's a slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement and Gov. Barbour should be ashamed," he said.
A court hearing on the matter will be held January 23.
Hood said Barbour violated Mississippi's Constitution because the pardon requests for some inmates were not published 30 days in advance, as required.
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