Hinds County DA taking on circuit court judge
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is blaming a circuit court judge for putting criminals back on the streets, and he says the citizens of Hinds County are paying for it.
"This is very a very serious problem and again the public is being misled," said Smith.
Friday Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith addressed his concerns about Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green and what he says is a continued pattern of releasing defendants on bond, and doing so without notifying his office.
"A number of criminal defendants don't have to have a bondsman because once the judge signs this particular order then the county is billed to bond out criminal defendants who are a danger to the community. And it's happening over and over again and the public seriously need to know what's going on in the Hinds County Judicial System," added Smith. "This person was indicted and they were still released on a $25,000 dollar bond."
According to Smith, the citizens of Hinds County paid for her bond.
In this case, the defendant Crystal Marshall was indicted for capital murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. She was released by Judge Green July 31st. Smith says his office was notified August 3rd.
"Once the victim's family finds out we have to find out that this person has been released without our knowledge and we have to explain this process over and over again," Smith continued.
Not only are the citizens paying for the release of defendants Smith says, but they are paying for the risks that come with it.
"That danger to the community has already manifested itself in a number of ways," added Smith. "When they are released we have had some individuals who were charged with armed robbery or house burglary and then they are out and a week later committing a carjacking."
After another judge reversed Judge Green's order, Marshall is back in custody where she will remain until her court appearance.
3 On Your Side attempted to contact Judge Green for comment, but we were unable to reach her.
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