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Hinds D.A. claims AG prosecutors had motive

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler-Smith will be able to keep his attorney and so will prosecutors from the Attorney General's office.

That news came Tuesday as Smith was back in court, along with assistant DA Jamie McBride, as pre-trial motions were held in their conspiracy case. Both, along with a former assistant D. A., were indicted on charges related to talking to defendants without their attorneys present.    

Larry Roberts, the special judge assigned to the case, heard a multitude of pre-trial motions Tuesday.

The most interesting thing, however, came when Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith was allowed to address the court. This came during testimony on a motion to dismiss attorneys from the AG's office.  

Smith argued they couldn't remain unbiased because he claimed they had a motive to have him arrested and indicted. 

He said that stemmed from when attorneys from that office refused to testify before a grand jury earlier this year on a case that involved a scam. Smith said at the time, people were calling residents in Hinds County promising legal help, claiming they had contacts in Robert Smiths office. 

Smith claims he was arrested by the AG's office on fears that assistants there had knowledge of the case, before he was allowed to question them. 

Smith said that scam turned out to be a legitimate threat, but he didn't find out if anyone in his office was involved. That motion was denied as well as a motion to dismiss Jim Waide as Smith's attorney.

Prosecutors said he may have to testify which could become a conflict. 

All motions to dismiss the indictments were also turned down by the judge so this case will move forward. A trial date for the case has been set for December 19. 

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