Columbus attorney Mark Shelnutt argues in his most recent court filing that the government’s prosecution against him “was fatally flawed and invalid in every aspect and at every stage of the case.”
Shelnutt, acquitted in November by a jury on charges including money laundering, is seeking more than $200,000 in attorney fees and expenses from the government. He argues in a Dec. 15 motion that prosecutors waged a “baseless, vexatious, frivolous, bad faith, harassing and stubborn” case against him.
Government prosecutors responded to that initial motion Jan. 22, and Shelnutt replied to that argument on Monday.
“The government’s investigation and continued prosecution of Mr. Shelnutt, a distinguished member of the community and local bar and former assistant district attorney, on the specious word of convicted drug kingpin Torrance Hill and members of his drug organization, was in bad faith,” Shelnutt states. “... the persistent acts of misconduct, misleading and manipulation throughout the investigation and prosecution strongly support an award of Mr. Shelnutt’s legal fees and expenses.”
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