Thursday, November 19, 2009

Shelnutt - Not Guilty

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia has their press release telling the world of a 40 count indictment of a Columbus, Georgia attorney.  But no where on the website is the fact that a jury acquitted this same individual on all counts. As ministers of justice it should not be enough for prosecutors to merely say on the courthouse steps that they accept the jury verdict. Prosecution press releases should not be limited to indictments and guilty verdicts, but should also include the not guilty verdicts.

Shelnutt had been charged with a list of offenses that reads like someone opening the federal statutes and trying to find anything that could be used to destroy an attorney especially one who represents criminal defendants.  They charged him with money laundering, aiding and abetting a cocaine conspiracy, attempted bribery of a federal official, witness tampering, failure to file cash reporting forms, and making false statements to an FBI agent.

The bottom line is that the jury did not accept the government's case. See Chuck Williams, Ledger - Enquirer, Shelnutt acquitted -Juror says government's case 'had a lot of holes'

Mark Shelnutt was represented by a legal team headed by Thomas A. Withers, Gillen, Withers & Lake, LLC.

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Not only should they have a press release of Acquitted---
there should be a website of all people acquitted of criminal conduct in
Federal Cases.
Would be a good resource to research where the Gov went wrong in accusing
ultimately innocent parties (or if not innocent, at least found not guilty)

Posted by: folly | Nov 24, 2009 5:56:04 AM

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