With jury deliberations in their 9th day in former presidential candidate John Edwards’ campaign finance trial in North Carolina, lawyer Kieran Shanahan has emerged as a frequent media commentator on the case. He has appeared on NBC-TV's Today Show and Nightly News, on ABC's Good Morning America, FOX News and The O'Reilly Factor. He's been quoted in People magazine and the Boston Globe, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.
Instead of reporting every day to his job as a principal in the Shanahan Law Group, Shanahan has become a regular at the federal courthouse in Greensboro. The media have come to rely on Shanahan for quick commentary on the casepartly because he's well-informed and partly because he gives his opinions for free. “He's in a unique position to comment,” says Andy Lancaster, marketing coordinator for the private law firm that Shanahan started after serving five years as a federal prosecutor. Shanahan is also a former member of the Raleigh City Council, where he served four terms. Shanahan, 56, is a lifelong Republican.While Shanahan has posted links to some of his television appearances through his Facebook and Twitter accounts, Lancaster archives clips of those media moments for a web page the firm will use to showcase Shanahan's skills as a media commentator.