Weill blocks DA Smith from docket

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill has issued an administrative order temporarily removing Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith from participating in cases on his court docket after Smith’s arrest Wednesday for allegedly providing information to assist criminal defendants.

“While the district attorney.and all citizens, are entitled to the presumption of innocence, the district attorney’s status as a public official and the undersigned’s duty to uphold the independence and integrity of judicial system requires the administrative action ordered herein,” Weill said in the order issued Thursday.”The district attorney faces at least six separate criminal charges alleging improper use of his office.”

Clarion Ledger