Murdaugh’s attorneys file motion to silence Satterfield’s attorney
Lawyers for disgraced Hampton County District Attorney Alex murdaugh filed a surprising and aggressive motion on Monday night asking for a gag order and other penalties against the lawyer Eric Bland, whose repeated calls for justice have been cited in the media since Bland began representing the family of the Murdaugh’s longtime late housekeeper, Gloria satterfield, in September.
“This is a full contact dispute,” Bland said of the motion Monday night. “They feel the heat.”
The very detailed movement of State Senator Dick Harpootlian and Jim griffin, which defends Murdaugh against more than 30 criminal charges last Friday, has six pages listing Bland’s colorful quotes, including several that appeared in FITNews and featured in our news director Mandy matneyThe very popular “The Murdaugh Murders” podcast.
The case, which refers to Murdaugh as a “recovering opioid addict” whose opioid use was “out of control” after the murders of his wife and son, asks the court for penalties “including awarding reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in this motion and referring Mr. Bland’s conduct to the Office of Disciplinary Council.
The motion is the latest in what some in the legal community have seen as offbeat tactics, increased reluctance and sheer desperation on the part of two of the state’s most respected and knowledgeable lawyers, who seem to sink with Murdaugh’s ship willingly.
In a footnote, Harpootlian and Griffin make it clear that Murdaugh is not seeking a gag order against Bland’s co-counsel Ronald Richter. Nor does he seek to silence the lawyer for his co-defendants.
“Unlike Mr. Bland, these lawyers have not repeatedly made damaging statements to the media about this proceeding. Mr. Murdaugh, however, is not opposed to a gag order that also applies to his attorneys and the attorneys for the other parties.
On Monday, Bland mocked the extreme irony of Harpootlian and Griffin accusing him to use the media for the benefit of its clients.
“For Dick of all people, bringing this motion forward is really rich,” Bland said. “It’s OK for Dick Harpootlian to make a statement on anything and everything. Dick never saw a microphone he didn’t stop to speak with or a camera he wouldn’t stand in front of.
“I love to listen to it,” Bland said. “He makes me laugh.”
Bland has made it clear to FITSNews that he has no plans to stop exposing what he sees as a system that has allowed Murdaugh to thrive and went out of his way to protect while people like its customers continue to suffer.
In fact, he views his statements to the media as a public service and a matter of public concern.
“It will take a lot to stop me,” Bland said. “What I’ve learned is that they only try to shut you up when they know you’re effective.”
THE SATTERFIELD CASE
Gloria Satterfield died in early 2018 after a trip and fall at the Murdaughs Hunting Lodge in Moselle, the same property where Alex Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and her son, Paul, were found 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. So far, Bland and Richter have been able to recover over $ 7 million from Murdaugh’s co-defendants in this case.
As late as last Wednesday, Harpootlian and Griffin argued in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that Gloria Satterfield’s sons had been “fully compensated for their alleged losses,” so Murdaugh – who was allegedly the leader of the scheme. – shouldn’t have to pay back any money. .
Bland’s reaction to this filing on Matney’s podcast is cited in Monday’s motion.
“I didn’t think anyone had the balls to put this into a plea: yes, if I took the money, I just keep it because someone else paid it back for me.”
“I AM A SONG ON A BAD PRESS ELEPHANT ALEX MURDAUGH GOT”
On Monday night, Bland marveled at Harpootlian and Griffin’s latest maneuver.
“I’m a gnat on an elephant from the bad press Alex Murdaugh got,” he said. “Show me a favorable press article that was written about Alex by anyone. ‘He’s a wonderful guy. He is so benevolent. Nothing. Nobody says that.
Bland also referred to the frequent appearances of Harpootlian and Griffin on television and in the newspapers. Harpootlian, he said, took to Good Morning America to state that Alex Murdaugh had accepted that jail time was in his future and that he had done wrong.
Griffin, he noted, taunted Mandy Matney on Twitter, telling her he would bet her a bottle of rum that Murdaugh’s unpublished medical records indicated he was shot in the party incident. du Travail on Old Salkahatchie Road.
“Alex Murdaugh deserves his day in court and the presumption of innocence,” Bland said. “I did not create these indictments. I haven’t returned them. The grand jury did it.
“Everyone writes on him,” Bland said. “The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, People magazine…”
“Shutting down Eric Bland won’t stop Alex Murdaugh’s bad press.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR …
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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