- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has dropped the contempt motion that the sheriff’s department for allegedly leaking incorrect information about a grand jury indictment to the media.

Smith said the sheriff’s department has admitted the mistake and had assured him it would not happen again.

Both sides are calling the release of the grand jury information a misunderstanding.

Smith claimed in his contempt motion that a list of unindicted cases provided to the media included the name of an individual who was indicted on another charge. He said sheriff department officials have made statements that the person wasn’t indicted.

Although cases not indicted by a grand jury are public record, Smith said his contempt citation focused on information being released on a person who was indicted before he had been served.

“The parties have agreed that we would work together, and the parties have agreed there were some mistakes made that we’re willing to correct,” Smith said after a court hearing Monday. “They did not understand that the certain people on the no-bill list were in fact indicted.”

The sheriff’s department said it was pleased with the outcome of the hearing and looked forward to continuing to work with the district attorney’s office, said Donna Sims, the attorney for the sheriff’s department.


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