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Inmate letter claims he was questioned about Hinds County DA relationship

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Controversy continues to swirl around the arrest of Hinds County's District Attorney. 

Monday, Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes produced a jailhouse letter that insinuates a set-up surrounding Robert Shuler Smith.

The letter was allegedly written by Christoper Butler, who is one of two inmates Smith is accused of assisting. Stokes received the letter on May 6.

The inmate says investigators questioned his relationship with the District Attorney. 

"That this young man, who sent me a copy of the letter, stated that the Attorney General's office told him that they would let him go if he could tell something on the District Attorney.

"He said in this letter, 'I don't know the District Attorney, there is nothing I can say about him'," said Stokes.

Christopher Butler said his bond was set at $500,000 because he allegedly did not cooperate. Butler was indicted in April for false pretense and fraud, and also charged as a habitual offender.

The indictment against the District Attorney includes six misdemeanors. 

"The community is saying 'what's going on?'. They think this is some kind of felony, something serious," said Stokes. "It's a tool, it's a method that is used to make sure he could lose his law license and he must have his law license to become, to remain District Attorney." 

Forty-five-year old Robert Shuler Smith was arrested at this office last week and charged with violating state law by advising, counseling or defending criminals.

A spokeswoman for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office said they can't comment on pending criminal matters.

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