The District Attorney's relationship with Too Sweet apparently went sour. Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson told the FBI that he paid bribes "directly" to Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Too Sweet's testimony was recently submitted by the Attorney General in its prosecution against the D.A. A Hinds County grand jury indicted Smith in September for three counts of improperly helping defendants.
Former Assistant District Attorney Ivon Johnson pleaded guilty in July for accepting bribes in exchange for giving favorable treatment to criminal defendants. He is a witness in State of Mississippi v. Robert Shuler Smith. Henderson was indicted for two counts of conspiracy to bribe a public official in July as well. Earlier post. Henderson was a convicted drug dealer but Governor Haley Barbour pardoned him as he left office. However, a grand jury indicted Henderson in August for illegal possession of two firearms. Too Sweet has a felony conviction in Illinois in 1996. He apparently had two firearms in his possession when he was arrested in July. Earlier post.
Mr. Smith told the court that he was investigating the "alleged bribery schemes being perpetuated in his office by members of his staff." However, the prosecution challenged that claim in a motion submitted on December 2. Prosecutors claim that Henderson testified he paid bribes directly to the D.A. The motion states:
3. In point of fact, evidence of other bribery activities are recounted in the FBI 302 report of interview of Robert Earl Henderson (also known as “Too Sweet”) which has been provided to the defense in discovery in this case. In that FBI 302, Henderson recounts numerous instances of monies being passed directly to Smith. Henderson has been indicted for bribery. A copy of the Henderson indictment is attached hereto as Exhibit A. Accordingly, testimony regarding the bribery scheme in which Henderson was involved is admissible under Rule 404(b) to show motive, intent, knowledge, identity and absence of mistake. Admission of such evidence is further authorized to permit the State to tell a complete story and to avoid confusion among the jurors.
A FBI 302 is a form used for interviews.
Kingfish note: Too Sweet's testimony is somewhat surprising as he is pretty hard-core. It appears that Too Sweet soured on the prospect of prison and flipped.