Tallahassee attorney found not guilty in bribery scheme

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 9, 2018

MACON, Ga. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee attorney accused of bribery has been found not guilty after a 12-day trial in Macon, Georgia.

Harold Knowles was facing federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and money laundering.

According to CBS affiliate WMAZ in Macon, the jury found both Knowles and co-defendant Cliffard Whitby not guilty. Jurors deliberated for about three hours Tuesday before reaching a verdict.

Federal court records show Knowles testified for nearly three hours Monday before the defense rested its case.

Knowles' defense attorney Jimmy Judkins said Knowles was "tremendously relieved."

"It was a serious charge and the government put forth a full court press effort and the jury found him not guilty," Judkins said. "He was vindicated."

Federal prosecutors claimed Knowles and Whitby offered former Bibb County, Georgia school superintendent Romain Dallemand a cut of a multi-million dollar contract in exchange for his support.

"These charges were trumped up by the school superintendent," Knowles' defense attorney claims. "When Harold told his side of the story I think the case was over. He was so believable and so sincere and his character witnesses so good, that they realized it was all the superintendent's doing."