Saturday, December 10, 2005

Attorney Convicted of Money Laundering

Georgia attorney R. Scott Cunningham was convicted of two counts of money laundering related to use of his client trust account to transfer funds from a client's advanced-fee loan scheme.  While the jury acquitted Cunningham on 39 other money laundering charges, that is hardly anything to be proud of, and the conviction (which also includes a conspiracy charge) will certainly end Cunningham's legal career.  A Rome News story (here) discusses the conviction. (ph)

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I was Scott Cunningham's lawyer in his recent money laundering trial. I agree with your comment that his conviction on two counts is "nothing to be proud of" but it is worth noting that the government alleged that he knowingly laundered over $8 million dollars. The jury rejected these charges, concluding that his knowledge only extended to the last two transactions, which totalled $150,000.00. Scott, in the view of the defense, was duped by his client, a view shared by the jury with respect to the vast majority of the counts. The government, too, has nothing to be proud of, given the jury's rejection of 90% of the indictment, which amounted to little more than an argument that an attorney "should have known" what his client was doing and should be held responsible for his attorney's misconduct.

Posted by: Don Samuel | Dec 10, 2005 4:01:10 AM

The problem is our society. We must fix our legal education system first:

Posted by: Chris Laurel | Dec 11, 2005 7:46:52 PM

I was just searching the internet to find out what was Scott Cunninhams sentence. I was a Juror on this trial. 99% of the jurors knew he was guilty, there was one hung juror. Scott needs to thank him.

Posted by: DHenry | Mar 22, 2006 12:24:12 PM

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