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Moonshiners looking for relief from jury verdicts

U.S. District Judge James Turk said he was inclined to set aside some of the guilty verdicts against a woman convicted of money laundering in a major moonshine prosecution.

Phillip Lingafelt, the attorney for defendant Margaret Smith, argued that the government had presented insufficient evidence to tie his client to 10 counts of money laundering and one count of perjury.

According to The Roanoke Times, Turk has made no official ruling, but said he would issue a decision after further review.

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