Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has amended his motion, filed October 10, to quash and dismiss the indictment against him. Smith was indicted by a Hinds County Grand Jury for giving legal assistance to accused criminals he was prosecuting.
In his motion to quash, Smith said, among other things, the charge of "rendering criminal assistance" does not charge any specific acts that constitutes the crime. Smith also argues that one of the statutes he's accused of violating is unconstitutional.
A motion to quash is a legal term for rescind, overrule or void.
Smith goes on to say in this filing that Attorney General Jim Hood is trying to retaliate against him for his investigation of Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Beasley and Shaun Yurtkuran.
He also says that Circuit Judge Jeff Weill has intentionally violated his due process rights by stripping him of significant duties of his office without due process. The Mississippi Supreme Court has already ruled on Judge Weill's order, siding with Smith. However, Smith says Judge Weill has still not complied with the order