- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has named two retired judges to preside over court cases involving Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.

Multiple Hinds County judges recused themselves.

The court on Thursday appointed senior Judge James D. Bell, a former Hinds County Court judge, to preside over misdemeanor charges that Smith improperly aided criminal defendants. He would be removed from office if convicted of any of the six criminal charges.

The court is also naming retired Court of Appeals Judge Larry Roberts of Meridian to preside over a total of five cases involving Smith, including some civil litigation. Some cases are sealed, so all allegations against Smith are unclear, but they appear to touch on Smith’s opposition to Attorney General Jim Hood prosecuting Hinds County cases.

Smith denies wrongdoing.

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