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High-profile Raleigh defense attorney pleads not guilty in own case

Posted April 23, 2009
Updated October 5, 2009

— A defense attorney known for taking high-profile cases will face a federal jury this week on charges he tried to hide cash from the Internal Revenue Service.

Johnny Sherwood Gaskins pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he structured deposits at several RBC Centura banks to avoid federal income reporting laws. The federal indictment charges Gaskins made numerous deposits, each just shy of $10,000, totaling more than $350,000 over a two-year period.

Deposits of more than $10,000 must be accompanied by a currency transaction report, which alerts the government of high streams of income that do not have a clear source.

Gaskins gained fame defending high-profile clients like Adam Sapikowski, the Chapel Hill teenager convicted of fatally shooting his parents in 2006.

Those in the legal community also credit Gaskins' skills as an attorney for getting a life prison sentence for Kawame Mays, a man convicted of shooting and killing Raleigh police officer Paul Hale in 1997.


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  • oldcorp Oct 5, 2009

    For many years he was the area affluent drug dealers #1 attorney. Do you need to guess where that $$ came from?

  • dono422 Oct 5, 2009

    Mr. Gaskins also routinely represents large scale drug dealers who apparently are paying him in cash. I hope the feds don't let him plead to a non-prison sentence. Those of us that know him know his story and he is not an honorable attorney...

  • The Oracle Oct 5, 2009

    Actually there are only three lawyer jokes. The rest are true stories.

  • Unaffiliated Patriot Oct 5, 2009

    Maybe Mr. Gasket can be a cellmate with Kawame Mays and some of his homies for the next few years. That would be poetic justice. Would the next honest lawyer please step forward and be sworn.

  • redapace Oct 5, 2009

    "Should have stuffed it in his mattress. Stupid!"

    Should have bought Gold Eagles & stuffed them in his mattress. The value of cash sinks every day as the value of gold rises.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Oct 5, 2009

    Good analysis Jeff_W.. most of us bank where it is convenient not all over town...I have had to do anti money laund. training for several years just to sell a money order. This guy isn't as sharp as WRAL wants us to think he is. Must be on their retainer list.

  • Go Figure Oct 5, 2009

    thanks, IAN, i knew it was sometime soon. Probably rescheduled, let the ole drunk get some good "rehab" time under his belt....

  • jgriffith3792 Oct 5, 2009


    He needs to setup that S-corp like Edwards has.

    Only the stupid ones get caught.

  • ian3141 Oct 5, 2009

    GOFIGURE: Dr. Cook is on the calendar for this mornings's district court. Courtroom 4D. Seeing nothing online, it may have been postponed/continued, or the media is asleep.

  • Go Figure Oct 5, 2009

    Greetings fellow writers....speaking of lawyers, how is Dr Raymond Cook's lawyer doing in HIS court case. Isn't he supposed to be heading "downtown" sometime soon???
    Anyone know?