Isn't Mississippi governor Haley Barbour on the list of '08 possibilities? Maybe it's just me, but this doesn't seem to be a way of ingratiating yourself to the masses...
"Gov. Haley Barbour won't grant a posthumous pardon to a black Korean War veteran who was wrongfully convicted in segregationist Mississippi after he tried to enroll in an all-white university.
Clyde Kennard was convicted of purchasing $25 worth of chicken feed he knew to be stolen in 1960 and sentenced to seven years in prison, but the only witness against him has recanted his testimony. Kennard died in 1963, after being released early because he had intestinal cancer.
Barbour agrees Kennard was wronged but says he won't grant a pardon, despite calls for him to clear the man's name." (source)
Pardon the man Gov. Barbour. He is a United States Army veteran and, it seems, an innocent man. It would help right a wrong and give his family a bit of peace. What's the dilemma?
Clyde Kennard's story