A federal jury on Wednesday acquitted a Columbus, Ga., 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 over two days, the jury found J. Mark Shelnutt not guilty, discrediting a two-year investigation of Shelnutt by the local office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors in the state’s Middle and Southern Districts.

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