A Sterling Closer, Failed Maury Povich Quip Closed Out Hinds DA Smith's Second Trial

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The mostly female and predominately black jury raised their hands Tuesday evening to confirm that they unanimously had decided that Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith was not guilty of any of the three counts the State of Mississippi had brought against him. Smith's first trial on the same charges ended in a mistrial in early January. The State of Mississippi had spent four days trying to convince the jury of Smith's guilt on two counts of conspiring to hinder the prosecution of Christopher Butler and one count of unlawfully consulting, advising and counseling a criminal defendant. Smith's defense spent a day and a half pushing back on the charges, and the jury took about four hours to reject the arguments against the county's...

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