Thursday, August 4, 2016

Special judges appointed for RSS cases.

The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed two judges today to preside over several cases involving Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.

The Court appointed former judge James Bell to adjudicate State  of Mississippi v. Robert Shuler Smith.   Mr. Smith was arrested last month on five counts of improperly contacting and assisting criminal defendants and one count of improperly using a grand jury to pressure a sitting judge to assist a criminal defendant.  Copy of charges.

Senior Status Judge Larry Roberts will handle the other cases and orders concerning Mr. Smith.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill barred the District Attorney from participating in criminal cases shortly after his arrest.  Mr. Smith appealed the order to the Mississippi Supreme Court.  Special Master Amy Whitten investigated allegations made by Judge Weill and submitted a report under seal to Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green.  Several other documents are sealed as well.  Mr. Smith is asking the Court to dissolve these orders and unseal the documents.

The orders are posted below.


Dee said...

Off topic. But I havnt seen a mosquito spray truck yet. Does anyone know of the cities mosquitoe control schedules. Cause it aint happening over here

Anonymous said...

Way off topic: I heard that Mike Perkins ( of Perkins scale fame) resigned, and Rusty Barnes (famous for being an ass) was fired. Who's next?? Santa Cruz? We can only hope!

Anonymous said...

The Supreme Court picked two excellent, honorable Judges to hear these controversial matters. Both are smart and diligent. Both sides should be pleased.

Johnny Weir said...

Maybe RSS will slip a few note under their door.

Anonymous said...

"Both are smart and diligent."

.........thanks mom.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember Bell as a judge....and I've been at this for 20 years.

Bailey I practiced before in Meridian. He's a no nonsense guy. When he sees this RSS stuff....he may lose his mind.

Anonymous said...

Bell is strange. I think he was appointed as a county court judge in the 80s and was defeated for re-election. He still refers to himself as "Judge James Bell." Odd.

I think that should have appointed someone without any Hinds County connections

surely not said...

So, to be clear, is it being claimed that a judge who is not a judge was appointed to hear this case?

Anonymous said...

Bell hears cases from time to time when needed, if I recall correctly. He is also George Bell's uncle.

Anonymous said...

Bell was elected as a County Court Judge in 1982, not appointed. He served a great deal of the term in a circuit capacity if I remember properly, although I have not gone back to be refreshed as to why. He did not run for reelection in 1988.

Over the past several years, he has been appointed to serve in many different cases - those similar to this when local judges all recuse and also in several election cases requiring appointed judges.

Have been in court with him on a couple of occasions during the past couple of years - found him to be a very fair, by the book, jurist. Handled the courtroom with dignity and rulings that could not be argued with on the basis of law.

And, BTW, it is not uncommon at all for any 'former' judge to continue to use the title. In fact, I don't know of any that do not - so the 'finding it odd' of 8:30 is not odd at all. Please find me a former judge (or Governor, or Representative, or Senator, etc. etc.) that doesn't continue use of the title.

Roberts proved himself to be a well reasoned member of the COA, as well as his earlier years on the bench in Lauderdale County. Frankly, I think Hinds County came out on top by the Justice's appointment of these two individuals to hear what will no doubt turn out to be complicated, and politically explosive, cases.

RSS better hope he has some facts on his side, because he damn sure isn't going to win in the courtroom by the antics he and his team have tried to play so far. Bring on another batch of popcorn - this should be fun to watch.

Anonymous said... mistake...I thought Meridian and said Bailey. I was never before Roberts or Bell....predates me.

Anonymous said...

James Bell is excellent.

Anonymous said...

Bell likes to use that title "Judge" in a courtroom while representing his clients. The fellow is goofy. BTW, how is his nephew doing, the one that beat that girl to death with a hammer?

Anonymous said...

7:25, how easy it is for you to blame a person for something a relative did. Where were you when nearly the entire family of a Jackson resident were charged with several different murders? If I remember right the mother has several children who murdered people.

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