John Edwards Case Illustrates Many Legal Issues For Charlotte Defendants

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

After nine days of deliberations, on May 31, 2012, the jury finally delivered their verdict in the John Edwards trial. On five of the six counts Edwards faced for violating campaign finance laws, the jury was deadlocked and unable to determine Edwards' guilt. Given the jury's inability to reach a conclusion on these charges, Judge Catherine Eagles declared a mistrial on these five counts. On the sixth charge, the jury unanimously found Edwards not guilty. Sources seem to suggest that the government will not seek a new trial on the five counts.

Edwards' trial centered around his use of campaign finances to hide his pregnant mistress during his presidential campaign. After the jury deliberations were read, Edwards openly admitted to public that his actions were immoral and wrong. However, he specifically made it clear that his actions were not illegal, thus illustrating the principle that wrong does not always amount to illegal.

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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