Monthly Archives: November 2015

Bland Richter Subpoenas Emails Between Seneca Police and PR Firm

Bland Richter has requested that over 800 emails between the Seneca Police Department and its PR firm, Complete Public Relations, be made public.  The records should be retained because, unlike a law firm, courts do not recognize privacy between a public relations firm and client.

Read more about this recent motion from the following:

Greenville Online: Zach Hammond family attorney calls for Seneca’s PR firm records

WSPA News 7: Hammond’s Attorney Subpoenas Emails Between Seneca and PR Firm

 

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Sen. Tom Davis calls for attorney general to reopen Seneca police shooting case

The Post and Courier – A veteran Republican state senator has joined the call for Attorney General Alan Wilson to reopen the case of a teen shot to death by Seneca police in July, saying video of the incident doesn’t appear to support the officer’s claim of self-defense.

Sen. Tom Davis of Beaufort said he was troubled by the 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams’ decision last month to pass on criminal charges against the Seneca officer who fatally shot 19-year-old Zachary Hammond during a drug sting.

Read the full Post and Courier article.

Michael Slager sues police fraternal group for failing to defend him in Walter Scott killing

Glenn Smith of the Post and Courier published the following on November 10, 2015: 

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is suing a police fraternal organization for failing to defend him against a murder charge in the killing of Walter Scott.

Slager’s civil attorneys filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Southern States Police Benevolent Association Inc. in U.S. District Court in Charleston. The suit alleges breach of contract, unfair insurance practices and bad faith. It seeks unspecified damages.

The Southern States Police Benevolent Association is made up of more than 40,000 local and federal law enforcement officers. Its chief executive officer, Jack L. Roberts, was not immediately available for comment.

Slager paid the organization a monthly fee for insurance that would provide him a legal defense if sued or charged with a crime in connection with his actions as a police officer. But the organization abandoned him after Slager was accused in April of killing Walter Scott during an on-duty confrontation, according to the lawsuit.

“For us, it’s about how Slager paid $23.50 a month for one thing — to cover him if he got accused or sued if he did something in his capacity as a police officer,” said Ronnie Richter, Slager’s attorney. “Regardless of how you feel about the Slager situation, it seems to be an outrageous act by an insurance company to deny coverage.”

 Read more in the full Post and Courier article. 

 

Bland Richter files complaint on behalf of Officer Michael Slager

Bland Richter files complaint on behalf of Officer Michael Slager

Bland Richter filed a complain on behalf of Michael Slager against Southern States Police Benevolent Association today, November 10, 2015

Charleston, SC – Today, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Bland Richter, LLP of Columbia and Charleston, have filed a complaint in the US District Court of South Carolina on behalf of Officer Michael Slager against the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc.

The Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (“Southern States PBA”) is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Florida which transacts business within the State of South Carolina. Among its business activities in the State of South Carolina, it issues policies of insurance, which insure police officers within the State of South Carolina.

For years preceding the shooting death of Walter Scott, Michael Slager paid for an insurance policy issued by the Southern States Police Benevolent Society which promised to provide him with a legal defense in the event of an officer related shooting while serving in his capacity as a police officer.

“Despite the fact that Slager is presumed innocent until proven guilty and the fact that the trial of the Slager matter has yet to be scheduled, just four days after the shooting death of Walter Scott, Southern States PBA terminated Slager’s coverage,” says Ronald L. Richter, Jr., attorney of Bland Richter, LLP.

“Today, Michael Slager has filed an action in the Federal District Court in Charleston, South Carolina which seeks redress for the actions of Southern States PBA which have placed the entire Slager family in financial jeopardy.”

About Bland Richter

Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration complex litigation matters and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit http://www.blandrichter.com

 

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