Canadian Defense Attorney Acquitted on Money Laundering Charges

Canadian defense attorney Jeffrey Root received the greatest Christmas gift ever when a judge acquitted him on the 21st of charges of conspiracy to launder money and to possess illegal proceeds, and attempting to launder money, according to the Niagara Review. Mr. Root had met with an undercover Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and discussed ways to launder money. The RCMP investigated Mr. Root from 2002 to 2004. RCMP officer Ron Nicholson posed as Paul Cox, an alleged member of an illegal organization which operated a trust company in Florida. Nicholson and another RCMP operative, James Kelly, opened a store called Shamrock EEzy Grow Hydroponics Ltd., which sold equipment for illegal marijuana growing operations, in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Judge Harrison Arrell found that there was no evidence that Mr. Root had intended to commit any crime. The judge observed that Mr. Root initially tried to brush Nicholson off, but the officer continued to pursue Mr. Root. The defense argued that Mr. Root never had any intention of going through with any of the deals, and told the officers that he had partners who would need to agree with the deals.

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