Thursday, June 9, 2011

Precious Martin was D.A.'s defense attorney

Remember this story on WLBT last week:

There is one little fact the District Attorney left out of his interview with Mrs. Lasseter: Precious Martin was his defense attorney a few years ago. Mr. Smith got in trouble with a Madison County Justice Court Judge in 2005 while representing a client. It seems Mr. Smith allegedly called the arresting officer a few cuss words during the hearing. Judge Carole Davis fined him $500 and threw him in jail for a few hours.

Mr. Smith appeared before the judge later that afternoon with attorneys Winston Thompson and........ Precious Martin. Yup. Mr. Martin represented him before the judge and then handled his appeal to county court. Mr. Smith seems to have forgotten his relationship with Mr. Martin when he talked to WLBT.

WLBT also reported two weeks ago the State Auditor discussed the Graham case with Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith:

"Our investigation began on this case in 2008 when our office received the first complaint," said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. "The investigation indicated Graham's time and expenses to recreate training material were paid by the City of Jackson when Graham was clearly not doing City business. This case has been turned over to the District Attorney for review."

However, a little apparently was made in the discussions between the State Auditor and the District Attorney. State Auditor Stacey Pickering told JJ in a telephone interview this morning "to the best of my recollection, Mr. Smith did not disclose Precious Martin had previous represented him." Efforts to contact Mr. Smith this morning were not successful.

Editorial Section: That was the news portion of this post. Now for the opinion portion. It is clear Mr. Smith is compromised even if actually doing nothing wrong due to the fact Mr. Martin was his lawyer. Mr. Smith should do the right thing and appoint a special prosecutor from another county to handle all matters concerning the State Auditor and Hinds County. There is no way Mr. Smith can avoid an appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest if he continues to remain involved in any investigations of Hinds County officials.


Anonymous said...

You know King if the Hinds BOS was majority Republican, if Graham was a Republican, if Smith was a Republican, if Precious was a Republican and if any of them were remotely white we'd today have both the C-L and JFP going toe-to-toe in oneupmanship coverage about all of the Hinds mess you've unearthed.

Thanks goodness that between JJ, Cheryl, Marsha and the leadership at WLBT we have at two intellectually honest media groups left in Jackson. All my thanks and gratitude for your efforts.

Anonymous said...

Tuesday of this week i was walking out of the Hinds County Courthouse when i walked by Robert Smith and Robert Graham having a conversation as i walked by i overheard Mr. Smith tell Graham QUOTE.... You need to come see me ....end of quote Make your own mind up on that conversation.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised the article about DA Smith's actions in Madison County did not come during his election/re-election campaign. I can still remember the commercials with Ed Peters endorsing Robert Smith.

BTW - read page 205 Curtis Wilke's Fall of Zeus book re: Peters/Smith. "It'll be good for you". Intresting conversations captured on the wire taps...

Anonymous said...

Kingfish.. this if off topic but i dont know where else to address this... and you investigate things when you think something is wrong.. I would like to know why the McALISTERS on Northside only has Callaway stuff on the wall and no JA stuff? JA is around the corner! why not have both? It be interesting to know if JA has not approached Mc management or has Mc managment not reached JA? why Callaway and why not Callaway and JA??

Anonymous said...

KF: What do you make of this quote from Smith re the stank emanating from Hinds County, courtesy of WLBT? I'll be polite and call him a coward.

"We are cooperating with other agencies in this matter. Not to duplicate any investigation. It would be more cost effective to work together as opposed to everyone doing a separate investigation on every aspect of this matter."

Anonymous said...

Rock on... This needs to go to the end!!! And hopefully the correct actions will be taken...

Kingfish said...

There can only be one.

Anonymous said...

hopefully this federal ruling will set a precident in our state that the NAACP can no longer take advantage of our history and cry wolf every day to get what they want... if there is an injustice thats one thing... but the NAACP will just cry RACIST at every turn to get what they want and that bs will be shut down

Anonymous said...

9:32 PM that is Smith mining the process for the benefit of other HindsCo politicos. He wants to "work together" for the inside information NOT because he intends to pursue and/or prosecute. ONLY when Smith senses that his own procratination and/or obstruction is going to get himself pinched will he act and then only to the minimum possible.

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