A federal jury on Wednesday acquitted a Georgia criminal defense lawyer on all counts of a money laundering and drug conspiracy indictment that had also charged him with the attempted bribery of an Assistant U.S. Attorney. After eight days of testimony and 12 hours of deliberation, the jury found J. Mark Shelnutt not guilty, discrediting a two-year government investigation of Shelnutt. The case had centered on Shelnutt's acceptance of cash legal fees that were generated by illegal drug trade.
Ga. Jury Acquits Lawyer in Trial Over Drug Money
November 19, 2009