Barbour: No pardon for Scott sisters

March 31, 2011 4:00:00 PM



JACKSON - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour tells The Associated Press he doesn''t plan to pardon two sisters he released from prison earlier this year on the condition that one donates a kidney to the other. 




Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, was asked Thursday what he''ll say to a pardon request the attorney for Jamie and Gladys Scott plans to file Friday. 




Barbour responded: "Tell ''em don''t save any space in the newspaper for that to be announced." 




The Scott sisters'' attorney, Chokwe Lumumba, is sponsoring a rally Friday outside the Governor''s Mansion and state Capitol seeking support for a full pardon. Lumumba says the sisters are innocent and he believes a full pardon would help them find jobs. 




The women served nearly 16 years on life sentences for an armed robbery.