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Hinds DA pleads not guilty to two count indictment

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith entered a plea of not guilty, waiving his arraignment in court before special Judge Larry Roberts.

READ MORE: Hinds County DA indicted on felony charges

The judge then heard arguments on a motion by prosecutors to get Smith's attorney thrown off the case.  

Their argument is that attorney Jim Waide was included in recorded conversations that could be used as evidence in the case, and he could be called to testify.

"It's a pretty straight forward proposition," said Bob Anderson with the Attorney General's office. "If a lawyer is to be a witness in a case, he should not be counsel."

"Your honor may think I'm a terrible lawyer. Apparently, I don't think counsel thinks I'm a terrible lawyer," Waide responded. "He wouldn't have filed this motion, but this is a tactic by the Attorney General's Office. "

"I think you should stay tuned," Smith said as he left court. "Watch for other details.".

There was also limited comments on the Clarion Ledger's success to get case files tied to the case unsealed. Smith did say he was juggling criminal prosecution for the county while his own case was being heard.

"The office is operating just fine," added Smith. "I can tell you that the office is operating just fine and court is going on. Court is in session everyday and our attorney's are working, including myself."

A trial date has been set for December 19th.

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