Rally Aims to Sway Barbour on Pardon for Sisters

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An attorney says he hopes a rally Friday will pressure Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential presidential candidate, to pardon two sisters whom the Republican released from prison earlier this year on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other.

Barbour told The Associated Press on Thursday that he doesn't plan to pardon Jamie and Gladys Scott, who served nearly 16 years of life sentences for a 1993 armed robbery. The women's attorney, Chokwe Lumumba, says they're innocent.

Asked about the possibility of granting a pardon, Barbour told the AP: "I wouldn't hold my breath."

Lumumba is leading a rally in front of the Governor's Mansion and state Capitol to seek support for the pardon request he's filing Friday.

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