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Ohio attorney charged in 40 count indictment May 26, 2009

Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
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Columbus Attorney Mark Shelnutt faces 31 counts of money laundering, three counts of false statements, one count of attempted bribery, and one count of witness tampering.  All of this stems from his representation of convicted drug dealer Torrance Hill. 

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office, Shelnutt was allegedly aiding and abetting Hill’s drug organization, as well as laundering money for him.  Specifically, the indictment cites to several transactions that allegedly involve drug money to the CB&T account of Shelnutt’s wife, as well as cash payments for a mortgage on a house in Florida.

This is tough.  There is a good chance that Shelnutt’s career is over and that the defense of this case is going to be very tough on him.  I know little about the facts but it at least sounds like this is a defensible case.  I see nothing that indicates incredibly eggregious conduct.  When it comes to white collar crime, the line between normal conduct and criminal conduct is often very, very fine.

Representing a fellow criminal defense attorney would be interesting.  One one hand, it would be nice to have a client that can help you.  On the other hand, you don’t want to have your client run the whole case.  Finding that balance could be tough.

Story is here.

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