Sunday, July 3, 2016

CL reports on the secret steel-cage winner leaves town match taking place in Hinds County.

It's time to go back to work and get caught up on the local scene.  The coverage about the District Attorney's arrest has picked up steam so we will pick up where we left off last week. Mollie Bryant reported in the Clarion-Ledger:

Court records highlight conflict between Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and the state attorney general’s office, judges and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics that pre-date his arrest last week on charges he advised and consulted with two criminal defendants he was supposed to be prosecuting.

The records also detail a dozen times in which state authorities blocked the efforts of Smith and defense attorneys to gain access to a video that purportedly shows narcotics agents planted evidence in the case against one of those defendants.

The six-count affidavit against Smith filed on June 22 alleges the district attorney advised and consulted with Darnell Turner, who was charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence, and Christopher Butler, who faces charges of embezzlement, wire fraud and possession of marijuana. Smith, who could not be reached for comment, represented Turner as a defense attorney before he was elected district attorney.

The affidavit alleges Smith assisted Butler in ways that included meeting with him in jail without his attorney present, visiting Butler’s family and pressuring a circuit judge to dismiss his drug possession charges.

The attorney general’s office also alleges Smith sent a letter to Butler’s former attorney, Sanford Knott, recommending ways to attack the state’s case....

Before his arrest, Smith told The Clarion-Ledger that Butler had video showing that evidence was planted in his case. The district attorney’s office wanted to dismiss Butler’s possession of marijuana charge, but Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill would not dismiss it, Smith said. (KF Note:  Judge Weill's order denying his motion states that Mr. Smith orally asked him to dismiss the case. The order states that the D.A. should make the request in writing and state his reasons for dismissal. The D.A. did not file the required written motion.).

In 2012, Butler was indicted on a marijuana possession charge. At the time, he had already been convicted of several felonies, including possession of marijuana, sale and possession of cocaine, and motor vehicle theft.

A year before his indictment in this case, MBN searched the home of Kwanza Hilliard, who was also charged. The court records do not specify the relationship between her and Butler. During the search, agents seized cash and a video recording surveillance system, or DVR. According to court records, cameras outside the home were turned to block their typical recording paths, but agents weren’t aware of cameras inside the home.

Attorneys for Butler and Hilliard, who did not return requests for comment, made multiple attempts to view the video at MBN headquarters,according to the court records, but they were unsuccessful. Kevin Rundlett, who was representing Butler at the time, traveled to MBN’s offices three times to view the recordings, but the DVR either wasn’t there, MBN techs said they didn’t have the right equipment for the DVR or the device wouldn’t work.

Faye Peterson, former Hinds County district attorney and counsel for Hilliard, scheduled forfeiture hearings seven times that touched on the DVR, and at one of the hearings, MBN failed to bring power cords for the device, so the video couldn’t be played, court records show.

An investigator from Smith’s office watched portions of the video at MBN’s office, but agents were unable to pull up the video during a joint visit from Rundlett and Smith.

The day before a forfeiture hearing in Hilliard’s case, MBN agents arrested Butler at Hilliard’s home after finding a backpack with drugs in his truck, according to court records. Agents received another search warrant, and seized $33,000 and a house key. When Hilliard returned to her home, the hidden cameras had been ripped from the ceiling.

An MBN official did not return a request for comment.

In court records describing attempts to view the video, Rundlett wrote that he had been “advised by the District Attorney, Robert Smith, that his continued efforts to take custody of the DVR from MBN have also been resisted.”

After Judge Melvin Priester ordered the FBI to evaluate whether or not the DVR worked, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy wrote a letter to Weill in June 2013 saying the FBI had the DVR, and the agency would bring it to the judge for him to review the recordings. “By the way,” Dowdy wrote, “it will take Your Honor several weeks to view the contents of the DVR.”

By January 2014, the district attorney’s office still hadn’t reviewed the tapes. Smith filed a motion requesting the DVR be delivered to his office.

Smith brought up the video during a March hearing in Butler’s fraud and false pretense case. Although the attorney general’s office investigated and will prosecute the case, Smith appeared at the hearing, where he agreed with Butler’s attorney, Knott, that the attorney general’s office doesn’t have authority to prosecute Butler.

A spokesperson from the attorney general's office would not comment.

Of the DVR, Smith said: “And that videotape was seized by that agency and obstructed justice so that no one would see what was on that videotape which would show that Mr. Butler was framed twice. They know that.”

Priester said he “took issue” with that, had watched 12 to 16 hours of the video and “there was nothing to show,” while Smith said an expert claims the video was tampered with.

During Smith’s allegations, he said, “I can prove every last one of them,” to which Priester said, “Fine. But you know what? I don’t care.”... Rest of article.

Kingfish note: The public is only seeing part of the story as it takes place. There is another level that is under seal and seen by all the players: the judges, District Attorney, prosecutors, and lawyers but unseen by the public. The Street Committee says all parties have been filing documents under seal as they have all used the sealing process to their advantage and not always in response to something already filed. The result is it is difficult to give the public a true picture of what might be taking place until some documents see the light of day.

So there is a war with the District Attorney on one side and the Attorney General, State Auditor, several Hinds County Judges, and MBN on the other side. Stay tuned. Go get some beer and popcorn. This is going to be interesting to watch as it unfolds.


Anonymous said...

Massive killing and death in the world of the Kenyan's "Religion of Peace" today and not a word anywhere online in Mississippi.

Go ahead and kill this comment. Par for your course.

someoneinnorthms said...

Nothing should ever be filed under seal in a court of record. This is especially true for the prosecution. When the State hides what it does, it smacks of a star-chamber type of prosecution.

Anonymous said...

7:28....Man, you need help. There are pills for your condition. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

7:28? Man, looks like you're already deep into your bottle. Al-Anon. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

7:28, you should stick to reading your Bible a little more and really focus on the parts about grace. Maybe a lot less Breitbart...

Anonymous said...

7:18: Our President deserves better than to be called by you that "Kenyan". Whether you agree with his policies or not, he has led with uncommon grace and professionalism, qualities we may not see for a long time after he finishes his term. I predict he will be missed.

Anonymous said...

What did 7:28 say that was so offensive?

Anonymous said...

So much for the liberals mealy-mouthing about the current occupant of our White House. Can't get his term over quick enough.

Now, back to the headline of this thread. Can somebody please interpret it.

Anonymous said...

I try not to engage these trolls, but the main victims of ISIS attacks these past few days have been Muslims who are too peaceful for ISIS's taste.

ISIS is losing on the ground and turning to terror attacks due to their military & political weakness.

In a world full of guns and munitions, some jerks are always going to be able to shoot or blow up some people. It's a sad fact of modern life. It ain't the Wehrmacht rolling over France.

Recognizes White Flag said...

Would the trolling twit at 4:56 please let me know what 'guns and munitions' the Twin Tower Terrorists used?

No, 'It ain't the Wehrmacht'. It's our own leadership refusing to recognize the enemy and carry out America's role in this world. All the razor blades, pipe bombs, repeating rifles and fertilizer in the world could not contain the will and might of America if we had not lost our balls, but we readily signed up for the castration.

Read the Declaration of Independence. It should be written again on this day. A call for secession is at hand.

Anonymous said...

7:59 - didn't click the link, did ya?

But by all means, share your plan. Assuming it goes beyond blather about "will and might."

Anonymous said...

Why would any District Attorney work so hard to defend someone who already has an attorney. His job is to prosecute.

Anonymous said...

Is there a single honest person left in Ms.

Anonymous said...

8:35; You would know about 'will and might'. It was something that 90% of our veterans today understand and were part of. Yes, there was a time.

ISIS is NOT 'turning to terror attacks'. That has been their chief method of engagement since they emerged. ISIS was never a 'ground element'. Getchur head out of your ass.

Anonymous said...

Two different fronts 4:56. The ISIS territorial losses don't ameliorate their agents from taking advantage of the invasion on our southern border. And an Iranian rump in Iraq only exascerbates the long-term problems. Obama will go down as the fool who poured gasoline on an already raging fire.

Anonymous said...

Getting rid of ISIS is simple. Get out of other countries and quit trying to pick their leaders. There wasn't an ISIS until the U.S. made them.

Anonymous said...

9:36 pm

Yea, he'll be missed like a damp tooth ache!!!!

Anonymous said...

We shouldn't be arresting people for possession of marijuana anyway - it is a ridiculous law that has caused untold damage.

Anonymous said...

Allegedly, the videos that the MBN agents did not know were in the home recorded theft of money, the planting of drugs and theft of some other items as well as agents bragging about other illegal exploits all on camera. The powers that be are trying to protect the MBN agents because hundreds, if not more, cases are in danger of being dismissed, appealed etc if these agents are indicted. RSS wanted mj case dismissed so videos won't come out. So let one alleged drug dealer go and save convictions or potential convictions of untold others by crooked MBN agents. All courthouse gossip but that's the word coming from multiple floors.

Anonymous said...

If there is video proof that the MBN agents are crooked they should be indicted and the cases should be thrown out, no matter how many.
Nothing is worse than crooked cops.

Anonymous said...

7:28 is a gullible phool like most of the posters here. If you people believe the 5:10 BS, please don't serve on any jury. People. The FBI is involved. The F freakin BI. That scenario is #stupid.

Anonymous said...

9:10 Did you bother to read the original post about the strangeness going on with the videos.. The Federal B I looks into police corruption too... Stay tuned and we will see who is #stupid.

Anonymous said...

Nothing will be done except the video will be destroyed.
MBN will be just as crooked as ever.

Anonymous said...

Why would the criminal defense lawyers file pleadings under seal unless they've been ordered to? If they're alleging corruption at MBN, one would think they'd want the whole world to know.

This all goes back to the propriety of Judge Weill's order stripping RSS of his statutory duties without due process based on a sealed investigation performed pursuant to a sealed order from Judge Green. RSS may be rotten to the core, but this secret process gives credence to the crazies who say the whole system is rotten.

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