- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The case against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is a puzzle with the missing pieces of which may be hidden within sealed cases and hearings in Hinds County Circuit Court and the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/2awmiW3) is asking the courts to unseal those records.

Last month, the state attorney general’s office filed a six-count affidavit against Smith accusing him of aiding criminal defendants. The cases of those defendants, Christopher Butler and Darnell Turner, and other pertinent files are mostly inaccessible to the public.

The Clarion-Ledger has filed three petitions to access records the newspaper suggests were sealed improperly.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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