Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Convicted! Did D.A.'s alibi disappear?

Updated with press release from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. 

Christopher Butler was convicted of felonious possession of marijuana in Hinds County Circuit Court today.  The case was the subject of much controversy, as Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith tried to withdraw the indictment.  The Attorney General took over the prosecution of the case.  Judge Jeff Weill will sentence Butler Friday morning.  The indictment and part of the file is posted below. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a guilty verdict. 
Mr. Smith had claimed that Butler was framed by MBN agents. He said that MBN agents planted the drugs and tampered with the video.  He orally attempted to withdraw the indictment against Butler.  However, Judge Weill required him to submit a written motion stating his reasons for dropping the case.  The District Attorney never did so.  Mr. Smith also never filed an interlocutory appeal.  This case is one of several involving Christopher Butler that form the basis of the Attorney General's charge that he was improperly helping criminal defendants.  The District Attorney's trial starts at the end of this month.

Update (7/27/2017): The Attorney General issued this statement:



JACKSON - Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that Christopher Butler has been convicted for possessing approximately four pounds of marijuana.

Butler, 40, of Hinds County, was found guilty by a Hinds County trial jury Wednesday on one count of possession of marijuana. Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill, Sr. scheduled a sentencing hearing for Friday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant on Butler's home in April 2011 and found approximately four pounds of marijuana hidden in furniture. During the search, MBN agents also found a home security camera system that recorded activity within the home. The Hinds County District Attorney's office recused itself from the case in 2016 due to a conflict of interest and the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division was appointed special prosecutor.

The jury was shown the video footage from Butler’s VCR which showed Butler handling the drugs, selling drugs, counting large stacks of cash and storing the cash.  The cash was seized and totaled at $77,938.

Butler was tried as an habitual offender.  He has previously been convicted of possession of marijuana twice and he has also been convicted of motor vehicle theft. Additional pending charges include possession of six pounds of marijuana from 2012 and possessing a cell phone while incarcerated in 2016. Butler faces between 24 and 48 years in prison and must serve his sentence day-for-day without the possibility of parole for the conviction handed down by the jury yesterday.

“This career criminal has come to the end of the line,” said General Hood. “I appreciate the Court and the Hinds County Jury for holding Butler accountable.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley.


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonder if he will turn states evidence with fat Sam and role on RSS?

Bet it would reduce his time.

Wonder if RSS is still advising him.

Anonymous said...

Boring.

Anonymous said...

When will this become like a vintage feature of the Gold Coast Wars??

Anonymous said...

Looks like RSS's alibi just blew up in his ugly, eyebrowed face....

Anonymous said...

Alibi? I think you need to consult a dictionary.

Anonymous said...

The world would be a better place if everyone had "felonious" amounts of marijuana.

Anonymous said...

Yes moron at 10:53. ALIBI. The crook RSS CLAIMED that the drugs were planted by MBN. The actual film (that he had the whole time and was released by order of a judge) proved Butler planted it. This is a classic bogus alibi.

Anonymous said...

Righhht. So how is Butler, or the weed(?) and alibi for RSS? The word or words you want are "defense theory."

And I don't think you have seen the video. You need special equipment to watch it. I have viewed it in its entirety.

Anonymous said...

Hinds County deliberates less than one hour and convicts that bona fide, useless POS. 4:58. READ IT. WEEP.

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