Criminal Defense  
   
  STATE COURT
  Represented Thousands of Clients Throughout the Southeast
 

1978 - 1985

Deputy Solicitor for Charleston and Berkeley Counties

 

Lead Death Penalty and Career Criminal Prosecutor  
 

Murder trial – April 1992
Charleston County General Sessions Court
Week long jury trial
Verdict – Not Guilty
Circuit Judge Cooper
Prosecuting Attorney: Spence Roddey
Attorney for Defendant: J. Stephen Schmutz

Murder trial - September 1997
North Carolina
Prosecuting Attorney: Eugene T. Morris, Jr.
Attorney for Defendant: J. Stephen Schmutz
Negotiated plea to Involuntary Manslaughter
Sentence – 18 months

 
 

Manslaughter trial –
September 1990

Charleston County General Sessions Court
3 day jury trial
Verdict – Not Guilty
Circuit Judge John Hamilton Smith
Attorney for Defendant: J. Stephen Schmutz

Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Trafficking Cocaine, Possession of Firearm During a Crime of Violence, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana trial
Charleston County General Sessions Court
4 day jury trial
Verdict – Not Guilty on all counts
Circuit Judge Markley Dennis
Prosecuting Attorney: Nathan Williams
Attorney for Defendant: J. Stephen Schmutz

 
 

Reckless Homicide / Involuntary
Manslaughter trial -June 1999

Abbeyville, SC General Sessions Court
Week long jury trial
Verdict – Not Guilty
Circuit Judge Keesley
Prosecuting Attorney: Solicitor Townes Jones
Attorney for Defendant: J. Stephen Schmutz

 

Schmutz represents star athletes University of South Carolina star quarterback and Carolina Panthers starting offensive tackle charged with Assaulting a Police Officer
2 day jury trial
Verdict – Not Guilty
Judge Joseph Mendelsohn
Prosecuting Attorney: Ira Grossman
Attorney for Defendant: J. Stephen Schmutz


 
  FEDERAL COURT      
 

Schmutz represented Columbian Cartel Defendant in largest cocaine importation case in the history of the State of South Carolina - 1990
Senior District Court Judge Soloman Blatt, Jr.
Prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Bart Daniel
Attorney for Defendant: J. Stephen Schmutz
Co-Defendant represented by F. Lee Bailey


 

Schmutz represents Defendants in Federal Courts in West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.

 
 

Schmutz represented lobbyist in largest public corruption case in the history of the State of South Carolina - 1992
US District Court Judge Falcon Hawkins
Prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Bart Daniel
Attorney for Defendant: J. Stephen Schmutz
Sentence: halfway house and probation

     
         



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