- Associated Press - Monday, July 31, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A jury has been chosen to hear the retrial of the top prosecutor in Mississippi’s largest county.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is charged with two counts of conspiring to hinder prosecution of a drug case and one count of unlawfully providing advice to a criminal defendant.

The Mississippi attorney general’s office brought charges against Smith last year. In the first trial that started in December and ended in January, a jury could not agree on whether to convict him.

On July 19, the Mississippi Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Smith, who sought to avoid being tried a second time on the same charges.

Jurors will be sequestered and state attorneys say the trial could last two weeks.


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