The New York Times reports that Barbour has granted "indefinite suspension of sentence" (not exactly a pardon...) to the Scott sisters; Jamie and Gladys Scott are each serving two life sentences in a Mississippi prison for armed robbery.
The condition? Gladys has to give her sister one of her kidneys.
Can a governor require that!? I guess he can.
The Times reports that the original idea belonged to Gladys. It seems that Jamie is in need of a transplant and her medical care is now costing the state a lot of money.
Barbour has decided the women are no longer a threat to society and the NAACP (among others) has long protested the sentence they received, based in part it seems on the fact that they only got $11.00 in the attack. In addition, the Scott sisters had no previous criminal conviction, so many decided the sentence was unfair. (I'm not sure why they think the fact that they only got $11.00 means their sentence was too harsh, but there ya go; would it have been fair if they'd gotten $1,000?)
Jamie Scott says they're innocent and didn't do it. That could be true, I suppose. One of their accomplices (after the robbery they left the scene with three young men) submitted an affadavit saying the sisters weren't involved.
It all sounds like a John Grisham novel.
At any rate - a kidney for your freedom is now the law of the land in Mississippi.