Sioux Falls attorney Leo Flynn found not guilty on all charges
After six hours of deliberation the jury reached a verdict in the trial against Leo Flynn.
That verdict was not guilty to all five counts indicting him on charges of distribution, possession, and attempting to access child pornography.
As each verdict was read Flynn says it took his breath away.
"Just relaxing a little more each time," says Flynn.
The jury concluded that Flynn was well within his right as an attorney to access the material as it pertained to clients seeking legal advice and that South Dakota law grants him immunity from federal child sexual exploitation laws.
"We didn't create the law, but it is there and the jury recognized that it was there and the jury did the right thing," says Rory Patrick Durkin, Flynn's attorney.
Some of Flynn's friends and family were present during the reading and very relieved by the ruling and for Flynn, he feels justified.
"This absolutely affirms why I became a lawyer, this is our justice system. It worked. The case never should have been brought in the first place but the jury did the right thing," says Flynn.
It may take some time for the impact of the trial to settle down but for Flynn, he's just ready to get back to work.
"Can't guarantee that I'll take another child porn case but I will go back to practicing law," says Flynn.
Neither of the prosecuting attorneys wanted to comment after the verdict was read.
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