Monthly Archives: July 2017

Once high-profile Mexican restaurateur to plead not guilty in Valentine’s Day killing

The State 

July 17, 2107 

By: John Monk

Until several years ago, Greg Leon was known for running a chain of seven Mexican restaurants in Richland, Newberry, Lexington and Orangeburg counties. He was an avid University of South Carolina sports fan. Born in Mexico, he had become a naturalized citizen. But in 2016, he admitted to the Valentine’s Day slaying of his wife’s lover while the pair was embracing in the back seat of a Toyota Tundra pickup in a deserted Lexington County parking lot.Leon turned himself in to authorities after calling 911 and telling the operator, “I shot my wife’s lover.” Now, however, he is asking for a jury trial and plans to plead not guilty to the murder charge, according to his lawyers.

Attorney Eric Bland, who with attorney Dick Harpootlian is representing Leon, said Leon is working and obeying the court’s rules.

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Suit: Doctor’s flawed report of child abuse shattered family

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly

July 5, 2106

By: Phillip Bantz 

X-rays revealing fractured bones in 5-week-old twins spurred a hospital pediatrician to report the babies’ parents to the South Carolina Department of Social Services and Richland County Sheriff’s Department for suspected child abuse.

The doctor’s report set in motion a bureaucratic thresher that ripped apart Michael and Heather Livingston’s family: The couple’s twins and 9-year-old daughter were placed in foster care after Michael Livingston, a military veteran and medical worker, was coerced into confessing to child abuse and barred from seeing his family for nearly three years, during which time he slept on a friend’s couch.

But if Dr. Susan Luberoff, who evaluated the twins at the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia in 2013, had investigated further, rather than relying solely on the X-ray images, she could have discovered that the twins and Heather Livingston had a congenital form of brittle bone syndrome known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, according to an attorney for the Livingston’s, Eric Bland of Bland Richter in Columbia.

Both twins had fractured ribs and one had a skull fracture — injuries that Bland argues occurred during birth. He said the boys had no bruising or other external evidence of trauma, and their sister, who was not diagnosed with EDS, also showed no signs of abuse.

Read the entire article from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly here.

Army officer gave a false confession to protect his family

Michael and Heather Livingston are the parents of three beautiful children; a daughter, Hannah, and two twin boys, Jacson and Joseph. This family of five had their world turned upside down when their son, Jacson, and later their son Joseph, were wrongfully assumed to be suffering from child abuse. It all started when concerned mother, Heather, took the then 5-week old Jacson to the Doctor after noticing a bump on the back of his head.  A CT scan result showed the infant had a mild scull fracture. How did this lead to discovering fractures on his brother Joseph’s ribs, Social Services taking all three of the children away from their parents, and Michael Livingston giving a false confession in hopes of keeping his family together?

Read the full story here to learn how our team at Bland Richter is helping the Livingston’s put this terribly misconstrued past behind them as they try and move forward with their lives as a happy, healthy family unit.