A Fulton County jury’s decision to acquit Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver of malice murder but convict him of felony murder has put Atlanta’s criminal defense bar on edge.

On Facebook and Twitter and in guest television appearances, criminal defense lawyers, civil litigators and the occasional former prosecutor have decried the former Fisher & Phillips partner’s murder conviction as “inconsistent,” “repugnant” or simply “crap.” The jury convicted McIver of murder for shooting and killing his wife, Diane.