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Retired Judges to handle Hinds D.A. court case

JACKSON, Miss.- Two retired judges have been selected to oversee the case involving Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. 

The Mississippi Supreme Court has selected senior Judge James D. Bell, who formerly served as a Hinds County Court Judge, to preside over misdemeanor charges against Smith. He has been accused of aiding criminal defendants with legal counsel.

Court of Appeals Judge Larry Roberts from Meridian will also oversee five of the cases. Of those cases includes civil litigation. Some of these cases are sealed so the charges against Smith are unknown, however they appear to surround Smith’s accusations against Attorney General Jim Hood for prosecuting Hinds County cases.

Smith maintains his innocence.

If he is found guilty he will be removed as Hinds County District Attorney and barred from running for an elected office in the future.

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