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High court rejects latest challenge in murder-for-hire case

The Mississippi Supreme Court is rejecting a physician's argument that Attorney General Jim Hood is illegally performing law-enforcement duties.

Posted: Mar. 5, 2018 12:06 AM

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court is rejecting a physician's argument that Attorney General Jim Hood is illegally performing law-enforcement duties.

The high court on Thursday voted 8-0 to reject Dr. Arnold Smith's appeal claiming the attorney general is part of the judicial branch.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the former oncologist has pursued numerous lawsuits against officials since his 2012 arrest and indictment on charges that he hired a man who made a failed assassination attempt on Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham. The man was killed by investigators for the attorney general.

Smith was found mentally incompetent to stand trial and involuntarily committed to the state mental hospital at Whitfield. He was released in 2016 and receives court-ordered treatment from his Jackson home.

Abraham's civil suit seeking damages from Smith is stalled.

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