Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mo' money means for mo' questions for D.A.

JJ asked yesterday if the D.A.'s office is bankrupt.   Here is the video of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith asking for more money from the Board of Supervisors.  The performance reminded one of Santa Cruz's performance two years ago at the legislative budget hearings. 

Several supervisors told the D.A. before the board meeting to bring specific and detailed budget information.  He did not do so.  He gave them a handout that had general budget information but not what they wanted: the hard line-item numbers.  The office has an overall budget of $1.7 million.  The county provides approximately $457,000 while the state provides the remainder of his budget. 

What is interesting is Mr. Smith blamed the Sheriff for not providing him with a share of forfeiture money.  However, the D.A.'s office has not formally requested the money as required by law and provided wrong information to the board that was corrected by Supervisor Calhoun.  Supervisor Greer admonished the D.A. for basing his budget on a variable such as asset forfeiture funds.  As stated in yesterday's post, Circuit Judge Tomie Green is withholding nearly half a million dollars in forfeiture money and has been doing so for quite some time.  This little fact was not mentioned by the D.A.  Just watch the video. The camera does not lie.


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the budget of other DA's offices of comparable size? Madison/Rankin or Harrison County maybe?

I Needs Mo said...

3:14; Please pay attention. What good would it do to understand the budget of 'other DA's offices of comparable size'? First of all, there are none. Secondly, since Shuler Smith does not have and can't produce a budget, what would you compare the figures to if you had them.

Kingfish said...

McQuirter said during the session it was $1.7 million and Smith agreed with him. He is getting around $1.25 million or so from the state.

Anonymous said...

They asked for a ledger detail report and he brought nothing. The way Jackson is run and the people they hire, I doubt they have knowledge to produce such a report. I'm sure Tomie put him up to this to get back at Tyrone for winning. Hopefully they all get ousted in the next election.

Anonymous said...

hold your breath waiting for that 5:23

Anonymous said...

all that believe the Hinds BOS can read any kind of ledger, raise your hands.

Kingfish said...

You're ignorant. Tony Greer is a CPA for starters.

Anonymous said...

What high profile cases are Smith and Graham talking about in the latest Clarion Ledger article?

Tool Patrol said...

It's not nice to lodge personal attacks against your contributors, Kingfish. You need to take behavioral etiquette lessons from Jerry Mitchell. Your momma taught you to be a gentleman.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Siemens can hire Smith as their local liason after he leaves office.

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