Satterfield’s lawyer files response to Murdaugh’s motion for gag order


Incarcerated lawyer Alex Murdaugh’s “fatally flawed” demand to be abandoned as a defendant in the Gloria Satterfield The civil lawsuit is “akin to the reorganization of the deckchairs on the Titanic – that won’t change the outcome,” lawyers for the surviving sons of Satterfield wrote on Tuesday in response to Murdaugh’s Nov. 17 motion to dismiss.

In his motion, Murdaugh – who faces 32 criminal charges, many of which relate to financial fraud and money laundering – argued that he had no obligation to repay the $ 3.6 million. dollars he allegedly stole from the Satterfield family in their death claim against him because his co-defendants in the case have already more than made up for the loss.

This decision was greeted with confusion, revulsion and much speculation on the part of those who have followed the hairpin turns of this case.

The Flawless Response Filed by Columbia Lawyers Eric Bland, Ronald L. Richter Jr. and Scott Mongillo Tuesday urges the court to dismiss Murdaugh’s petition, saying Murdaugh is simply trying to avoid “paying the price” for his decision to assert his Fifth Amendment rights in the criminal trial.

“It is not surprising,” the lawyers wrote, “and is in keeping with his character, that Murdaugh does not want to pay anyone anything.”

In his “legally unbearable” defense, “Murdaugh attempts to use his own illegal conduct as a shield against claims in civil litigation. “

Murdaugh, a member of the powerful family hanging over law enforcement in the Lowcountry, is currently being held without bail at the Richland County Detention Center on two counts of grand larceny related to the Satterfield case.

Last week he was indicted on 27 new charges related to the theft of money from his former law firm, Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick, and customers, including a law enforcement officer who had been injured in the performance of his duties.

He was also named as a person of interest in the still unsolved double murder of his wife and son, who were shot on the family’s hunting property on June 7.

Tuesday’s filing is the latest volley in a quick back-and-forth between lawyers for Bland and Murdaugh, who appear to be testing tactics on the fly as charges against their client mount.

Less than 24 hours earlier, lawyers for Murdaugh’s “bulldog” said the senator. Dick harpootlian and Jim griffin filed a “desperate” petition asking the court to stop Bland from speaking to the media – primarily FITSNews and our Chief News Officer Mandy Matney’s “Murdaugh Murders” podcast – and asking that Bland be sanctioned by the state for them. statements he made in the press so far.

On Monday night, Bland pointed out how ironic it was that Harpootlian, whom he called a “.44 caliber quote machine,” would call him during his media coverage given Harpootlian’s own potentially harmful comments in the spotlight. .

In a press release from law firm Bland and Richter on Tuesday morning, Bland included a quote from Harpootlian during an interview on “Good Morning America”: “(Alex Murdaugh) made it clear he was going to try to fix all the wrongs – financial wrong – and others he may have committed. Look, he’s come to terms with the fact that he’s going to jail. He understands that. He is a lawyer.”

Bland said his own statements to the press were made in good faith and in the best interests of the public.

His cabinet brief Tuesday explains directly why so many have followed the Murdaugh murder saga: “The public is waiting and watching to see how the courts in South Carolina will treat a once powerful and influential lawyer. “

“Is there an inclusive justice system or a two tier justice system that favors the rich and the powerful?

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The Satterfield case

Gloria Satterfield died in early 2018 after a trip and a fall at the Murdaughs Hunting Lodge in Moselle, the same property where Alex Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, were discovered murdered last summer.

Murdaugh and others are accused of extracting millions of dollars from a wrongful death settlement filed on behalf of Satterfield’s two sons by Murdaugh’s close friend, Beaufort’s lawyer Cory fleming.

Eleven of Murdaugh’s 32 charges stem from an investigation by Bland and Richter – who discovered a shocking written record showing how Murdaugh would have stolen $ 3.6 million of Satterfield Colony.

Murdaugh has since been accused of laundering that money – along with settlements allegedly stolen from customers, including a law enforcement officer who was injured in the line of duty – and having spent it on himself.

The Satterfield case gripped the nation and was touted as an example of what many say is Murdaugh’s callousness and greed.

“Beyond the reprehensible”

Attorneys for the Satterfield family say “It is not for Murdaugh to declare the ‘everything’ of the plaintiff and announce that the lawsuit against him is over.

Further, they say the more than $ 7 million recovered so far hardly represents the money the Satterfield family lost in potential investments if the money had been returned to them in 2019 when the case took hold. been settled; the money they have to pay in taxes that they otherwise would not have had to pay had the settlement been treated ethically; payment of attorney’s fees and expenses in accordance with South Carolina’s Unfair Business Practices Act; and punitive damages.

According to the United States Supreme Court, punitive damages would be determined, in part, on the “degree of wrongdoing” of the wrongdoing.

“Clearly, Murdaugh’s conduct is beyond blameworthiness and is liable to punitive damages. “

Therefore, the lawyers argued, Murdaugh’s exposure to damages is instead $ 38,990,350.

“Much to Murdaugh’s chagrin, he will have to wait for the jury to rule,” they wrote.

Response to the motion to reject

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Liz farrell is the new editor-in-chief of FITSNews. She was named the State’s Best Columnist in 2018 by the South Carolina Press Association and is back after taking an almost two-year hiatus from corporate journalism to reclaim her soul. Email him at [email protected] or tweet it @ElizFarrell.

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