Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dr. Smith gets out of Whitfield

Dr. Smith is moving from one funny farm to another.  The Taxpayers Channel reported:

Just moments ago, Hinds County Chancellor Denise Owens signed an order releasing Dr. Arnold Smith from the State Mental Hospital at Whitfield. He is to be transferred initially to Pine Grove, which provides private mental health services. Upon completion of the prescribed re-integration treatment, Smith will be released to live with his wife, Mary Smith, at their home in Jackson....

Smith's attorney William Bell had requested release from Whitfield in August, 2016, after Tulane University psychiatric experts recommended that Dr. Arnold Smith be released from the State Mental Hospital at Whitfield and treated on an outpatient basis at his home in Jackson.

Dr. Smith was indicted for conspiring to murder Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham back in 2012. During a shoot-out at Abraham's Market Street office, investigators from the Attorney General's office shot and killed Keaira Byrd and wounded Derrick Lacy. Video later emerged which showed Dr. Smith instructing Byrd to shoot Abraham right between the eyes.

But the criminal case against Smith ground to a halt when Circuit Court Judge Breland Hilburn ruled that Smith was incompetent to stand trial, on account of his psychotic delusions of a persecutory nature. Smith was then committed to the State Mental Hospital at Whitfield where he has remained ever since.

Smith's attorney has been fighting to spring Dr. Smith from Whitfield in the Hinds County Chancery Court, but last February Judge Denise Owens rebuffed his efforts. She ruled that there has been no change in Smith's delusional disorder, and that he remains a violent risk both to himself and to others. She further determined that there was no viable alternative to his remaining in custody so that he may continue to receive his anti-psychotic injections.
But in today's court order, Judge Owens adopted the new assessment by medical experts that Smith could be strictly monitored and treated in safety as an outpatient, under a long list of special requirements.

Today's court order mirrors the recommendations of the Tulane report. It requires that he be denied access to money, weapons, the internet, and printed materials unless they had been cleared by a court-appointed monitor. He will be required to wear an electronic tracking bracelet, and will continue to receive his anti-psychotic injections. He will be subject to drug testing, and is forbidden to take any hormones, or unauthorized nutritional supplements....

The Court Order also commands that Smith not have any contact with Lee Abraham, AG Jim Hood and his staff, Dr. Sayed Rafique (a former physician partner from over a decade ago), Cordarious Robinson and Derrick Lacy (accused co-conspirators of Smith's), Hiram Eastland Jr., Ed Brunini, Dick Cowart, John Horty, and Chris Lott. Smith would also be prohibited from traveling to Greenwood.

The Taxpayers Channel's previous reporting may be seen here: Tulane Docs recommend Dr. Arnold Smith's release from Whitfield.

Kingfish note: Here is a blast from the past. 


Anonymous said...


white and rich-let him go home
black and poor-left to rot in jail (not that i'm complaining)

this is preferred treatment for a white person, for sure

Anonymous said...

I know Lee Abraham will sleep good after learning this.

Anonymous said...

A psychiatrist receiving court mandated 'outpatient psychiatric treatment' is a huge joke. He will enjoy gaming both the legal system and the staff at Pine Grove. Perhaps he will have the same shrink who was working with Tiger Woods on his erection-control issues.

Anonymous said...

He was an oncologist.....

If he can get out of Whitfield....he can be held in jail.

Anonymous said...

Finally a success. A criminal does good and still people complain.

someoneinnorthms said...

If a Circuit Court commits someone to Whitfield, how does a Chancery Court have jurisdiction to order that person be released? Seriously.

Anonymous said...

No ankle bracelet?! He will quit taking meds, his wife cannot control him and never has, and he is 1.5 hours from Greenwood.

There was a case in Texas once where I asked an older atty, who knew the Defendant, if he thought the defendant was crazy. He thought for a second and said 'There's crazy, and there's doorknob-sucking crazy; he's the latter.' So os Smith.

Anonymous said...

5:44 - Not unless the jurdge order that. No matter his specialty, he is smart enough to live the next five years gaming the system and the professionals.

And when he is arrested for breaking into Lee Abraham's residence to get some lighting fixtures he left behind, he can go back to pretending he's crazy.

Anonymous said...

How exactly does this work? He got a pass on ordering a hit because he was batshit crazy?

Anonymous said...

He is eligible to stand trial. Whether he will will have to be seen. My bet is he is not out of the Pine Grove very long. I give him 3 months being at home and he is either arrested, dead, back in court facing conspiracy charges.

Anonymous said...

please keep him out of Fondren. we have our own challenges.

Anonymous said...

*39, being eligible to get out of Whitfield does not necessarily translate to being competent to stand trial. Different standard. In order to solve this problem, Lee's personal bodyguards (those stationed in the Sillers Building) can find and eliminate this terrorist threat easier if he is in Jackson - they won't have to travel to the delta for their next shootout.

Anonymous said...

So what happened to the mysterious chair?

Anonymous said...

Mental illness does not choose favorites, or segregate based on intelligence, social class, or skin color. People deserve the right to be treated, and given opportunity to change. I consider this a success story for the Mississippi mentally ill. Dr. Smith practiced for over 20 years with about 30 different patients per month. There is no telling how many lives were extended or saved.

Anonymous said...

Holy shit. That video is terrifying

Anonymous said...

This is a disgrace. Arnold Smith's wife is not able to control or supervise him in any way. She's a lovely person, but not up to that task. His scheme ended up with death - and it is totally unclear as yet how the whole thing went down. People in Greenwood believe the presence of the Atty Gen of the state at the scene of a shooting and the strange way evidence was and wasn't gathered indicate something off in the investigation. Now we have the cause of the whole mess proposed to walk free? What is wrong with this? What would happen if Dr. Smith had been a person of moderate means and education? Would he have an ankle bracelet and a free pass?

Anonymous said...

The odds of a happy ending are slim to none.

Anonymous said...

the peasant class is always so surprised and upset when they see the true purpose of our legal system and how it works for a few of us.

Anonymous said...

Watched the chair video. This guy is seriously crazy as a shit house rat.

"Welcome to Costco" said...

Maybe he will get well enough to work at the new Costco in Ridgeland.

Anonymous said...

12:23 am While you are right that neither money nor intelligence or status protects one from mental illness, your logic ends there.
You are incorrectly assuming that all those with mental illness are able to " change" and lead a normal life with treatment.
That is just not the case.
While there can be temporary mental illness usually from trauma or drugs, more often severe mental illness like you see in the clip is not " cured".
What is more common is that the worst symptoms of the mental illness can be managed with medication, clinical and family supervision, and the cooperation of the patient so that the person is not a threat to himself or others.
The cooperation of the patient is the most difficult hurdle and is often temporary.
The " rights" of anyone end when that person tromps on the rights of others and putting another's life at risk or killing another human being is the ultimate violation of someone's rights.
Protecting the life of our citizens is the primary responsibility of any civilized society.
We are NOT doing a good job of that because of the ignorance or our citizens , lawmakers and judicial system about mental illness.
Your comment is a case in point.

Anonymous said...

It's kinda hard to just quit taking what is most likely a haloperidol shot or something similar. So, there's that.

Demoral Fan said...

How 'hard is it to just quit taking' a shot? Wouldn't you just sort of, well.....stop?

Anonymous said...

Yes, the patient can refuse to go to his follow-up clinic appointment at the local mental health clinic. In that situation, it triggers a system to have them reschedule and come in the next few days as a rescheduled patient. After a small amount of time, one option is there is a crisis prevention van that can bring medical professionals to a patient's house to offer the injectable. The alternative is a sheriff will take the patient back to Whitfield for inpatient treatment if the patient continuously refuses, or becomes violent. Typically the threat of inpatient treatment will make anyone take an injection. This is a new system, but that is what I understand.

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