Wednesday, June 22, 2016

AG: FBI helped bust Smith.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement and mug shot:

Hinds County District Attorney Arrested, Accused of Illegally Consulting Criminal Defendants

Jackson, Miss.- Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith was arrested today following a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Office and the FBI into allegations that Smith illegally advised or defended individuals charged with crimes, Attorney General Jim Hood announced today.

Smith, 45, of Jackson, was arrested at his office by investigators with the Attorney General’s Office and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office. Smith was charged with six counts of violating Mississippi Code Section 97-11-3, a misdemeanor. That law states that the attorney general or district attorney shall not “consult, advise, counsel or defend” a person charged with a crime or misdemeanor.

The joint investigation between the Attorney General’s Office and FBI revealed that Smith violated Mississippi law related to his involvement with two different criminal defendants while serving as district attorney.

Smith was booked into the Hinds County Jail. If convicted, Smith could be removed as district attorney and prohibited from holding any other elected office or government position. Additionally, he faces a $500 fine.

“It is particularly sad to have to prosecute and seek removal from office a fellow prosecutor,” said Attorney General Jim Hood.  “We greatly appreciate the hard work of the FBI on this case and we hope to resolve this as soon as possible.”

“Those who are sworn to uphold the law are not above the law,” said Donald Alway, special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi. “Though today’s charges are only allegations, public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected…to verdicts handed down in courts. The FBI appreciates the close cooperation on this matter with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.”

As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The FBI requests that anyone with information on other corruption matters contact the FBI Jackson office at (601) 948-5000. 

40 comments:

Lovin' it in Jackson! said...

Loving this! Saw the news over lunch and couldn't wait to get back to the office to read JJ on other than my phone. Great work, KF. Thanks.

Burke said...

Will the Mayor be next?

I guess RSS was looking for ways to reduce the backlog.

Anonymous said...

Ben Allen is somewhere smiling right now

Anonymous said...

Seen this 'joint investigation' trope used too many times by Pickering to know that the salient question remaining to be answered is who brought the Feds in? AND, knowing Hood's well-documented aversion to prosecuting friends, family and Democrats, if it wasn't Hood did the Feds force Hoods' hand?

Anonymous said...

" Dang ", I knew I shouldn't trust a criminal. "He went to the FBI on me"!

Anonymous said...

12:41 I certainly hope the FBI is taking a close look at the Mayor. I agree. There is much too much smoke there. As for RSS, adios for ever. Don't forget to drop off your law license on the way to the pokey.

FLUSH YOUR CACHE said...

Cochran and Wicker voted to give the FBI the authority to seize your internet records, including browser histories and email metadata, without a court order.

Anonymous said...

so...the big question is--will the thugs get the next DA on the payroll also? or can the city and county turn the corner on rampant crime? I pray and hope for the latter

Anonymous said...

RSS must have thought he was untouchable, a law unto himself. How dangerous that he should have ever held the power of a DA. I hope the Ben Allen stitch up is dismissed immediately.

Anonymous said...

Robert Graham's nascent campaign takes another hit.

Blame it on the small head said...

Mark my words... Sex is somehow involved.

Anonymous said...


I never thought Ben Allen was guilty of anything but being a know-it-all. I hope the charges are dropped but I still don't think the guy needs to run DJP---he doesn't know he doesn't know !!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm no fan of RSS, but he must be cleaner than I thought he was if all Hood and the FBI can come up with on him is "He visited a guy in jail for 20 minutes". How much time and effort went into accusing him of a misdemeanor? I want him gone, but I can only imagine how this hearing is going to go. "Mr. Smith, you're accused of providing counsel to a person charged with a crime. How do you respond?". "I didn't provide legal counsel, I was asking Mr. Butler for his biscuit recipe". "Oh, well never mind then, case dismissed".

Anonymous said...

Keep trying @1:49. Keep trying. Record meet broken.

Anonymous said...

Question: Since browax is going down, who does he take with him?

Anonymous said...

I never heard of a prosecutor helping a defendant out. Kinda goes again the law.

Anonymous said...

Since Smith can't wail about this being some sort of Republican driven vendetta his only option is to call Hood a racist and/or claim that Hood is homophobic.

Anonymous said...

Nice to have Hood on our side.

Anonymous said...

Need to go read the various comments on some 'leading leader's' FB pages. What RSS did is ok, because he is black. According to the comments, "white folks do it all the time", and the crime isn't too bad.

Obviously, according to them, Hood is a white racist official. Actually, its probably closer to the fact that RSS took shots at the king - and missed - when he tried to indict to Asst AG's. Can't try to overtake the king and fail. Just ask 'former' State Auditor Patterson.

They Made Me Say It... said...

12:37 - What the hell is meant by "Great work K.F. Thanks"? Reporting on an arrest is akin to listening to a police scanner and hollering out the window to your neighbor.

Once the goons who rolled on Smith retract their statements or claim they were coerced by the FBI, the whole thing will melt into shit.

And, yep, look for a Monica/Bill connection here complete with knee-pads.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I wonder who heads up that division of the Attorney General's office on "public corruption". Just a coincidence or Mississippi politics at it's best. Let the games begin.

Anonymous said...

New aphorism: "Eyebrows are the Windows of the Soul"

And when somebody's got fucked-up eyebrows...



Anonymous said...

June 22, 2016 at 4:22 PM

You might want to read the story preceding this one on RSS arrest photo.

Anonymous said...


4:28 you win the prize.

Anonymous said...

well, if you are anti RSS, you'd better hope the evidence is more compelling that the affidavit's contents. like recordings of those jail meetings that show the contents of the conversations. I certainly have no idea what the meetings were about and no one posting here does either unless McDivitt is posting. I think its interesting that the attached emails and letters weren't posted, at least earlier today when I looked.

I do know this: RSS has had tremendous turnover with his staff and now not one of the original assistants from his 2008 swearing are still with that office. very experienced trial lawyers left for less paying positions, there was an early retirement, one moved to the Ranking County DA and several were fired right after his reelection last august. this may or may not have anything to do with these charges, but it is unusual.

Anonymous said...

Nobody made you spout gibberish 4:22. Go find some action elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Yup, Jim Hood risked all with DEM voters by bringing an action he can't win.

Anonymous said...

4:28 Eyebrows Phobic Freak. I'm going to file a EEOC complaint. You are a eyebrow racist.

Anonymous said...

Here is the question no one is asking. Which attorney names in the indictments was cooperating with the prosecutors and the FBI? One or both?

Anonymous said...

What if NEITHER Defense Attorney was complaining to the AG about the
DA's conduct. That would make this a really strange case would it not? How does such a case get started?

Anonymous said...

Sit down 5:37. Your panty-lines are showing.

Anonymous said...

Geez people, this is good news. If you have something critical to say, perhaps, it should be concern that the penalties aren't stiffer for this kind of offense! Talk to your legislative representatives about that!

Lindsey said...

Karma is a Bitch ain't she???? I hope they strip him of his license all the way down to his designer underwear.

And that, my friends, is the bottom line.

Anonymous said...

Those commenting are missing the main point here. As KF said:
The affidavit and six charges are posted below. Yes, they are related to the Christopher Butler cases that were reported only here on JJ. Nutshell version: The affidavit alleges the D.A. tried to help a convicted drug dealer get out of jail, visited him in jail, and tried to use a grand jury to get a circuit judge to drop a case against the drug dealer. Yes, it is alleged he tried to use a grand jury to intimidate a judge into dropping a case.

If true, that is one hell of a "misdemeanor."

Anonymous said...

I agree with 8:51. It would seem like it would be a little more serious than a misdemeanor.

Anonymous said...

Lindsey, how is it that you are privy to the kind of underwear that RSS wears?

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with the Butler case. It is a ruse to get Ben Allen's ass out of the fire.

Anonymous said...

Ben ain't got that much stroke.



Anonymous said...

The FBI does not care that much about Ben Allen's ass. True it may have been the cause some people finally stepped up to let the people know what has been happening but that does not lessen the crime committed.

Anonymous said...

7:12 LMAO. You surmise that the FBI would intervene in a bogus charge that will take care of itself based on evidence?

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