Hinds County DA’s secretly recorded tapes revealed

Robert S. Smith
Robert S. Smith

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – In transcripts of secretly-recorded conversations, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith uses profanity and says “we going to get him free” about a criminal defendant. But, Smith’s attorney says, he doesn’t implicate himself.

Smith is accused of aiding Christopher Butler, who’s facing several charges including possession of marijuana and embezzlement.

Christopher Butler
Christopher Butler

Attorney General Jim Hood’s office alleges Smith visited Butler in jail, improperly aided his defense and ultimately hindered his prosecution. A Hinds County grand jury indicted Smith on conspiracy charges and Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride for hindering prosecution.

Hood’s office alleges the two conspired with former ADA Ivon Johnson.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Johnson began working as an informant for the agencies pursuing criminal charges against Smith and recorded his conversations, which were revealed Tuesday in court filings.

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