Alex Murdaugh Indicted for Murder
Episode 15420th July 2022 • The Emily Show • Emily D. Baker, Esq.
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On July 14, disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh was indicted for the murder of his wife and son. He is now facing 17 indictments totaling 85 charges. It is the most staggering case because it also involves a web of civil litigation regarding the death of Mallory Beach in a boating under the influence accident in a boat driven by now deceased Paul Murdaugh and the still under investigation death of Murdaugh housekeeper Gloria Satterfield and the staggering theft from her estate. Buckle up for this wild timeline, there is so much more to come.

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welcome back to this week's episode of the emily show wow

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secrets lies established southern family

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lots of indictments today we are talking about alec murdoch

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it is one of the wildest things and it was wild the last time i covered it but so

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much has happened since then and there is no slowing down so today we are going

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over all of the indictments no we are not reading them line for line there are so

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many but we are going to go over what exactly alec murdoch is facing what

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comes next and then some of the tentacles that this case has grown

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because there are criminal suits there are civil suits there are

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new investigations into suspicious deaths surrounding this family it is

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wild and we are going to go through that today so i will leave down in the show

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notes and in the description the link to my last episode if you want some more of the back story and then as we get into

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the episode i will share some of the resources that i have found very helpful there are

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journalists dedicated just to breaking down this case if you want to get into

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the minut details of this case you sure can let's talk about this real quick well

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emily never say real quick because that's never going to happen let's talk about the indictments facing

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disgraced attorney alec murdoch today's gonna be a lot

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hey there welcome to the emily show i'm your host emily d baker badass lawyer

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you pick all right let's get back to today's episode okay so for those of you that have not

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been covering or following this case in depth i don't blame you this garnered a

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lot of local attention in south carolina and is now starting to gain and has over the last year really been gaining

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national attention but if we jump to the end and then back up at the end of last week july 14th

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alec murdoch was indicted for the homicide the murder of his wife and his

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son paul murdoch he has one surviving son buster and we will talk about that

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but this has kind of brought back uh oh my what is going on

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in this case so starting at the end and moving to the beginning started from the bottom now

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we're here we're going to go back in the timeline i'm going to give a real quick history

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real quick the other episode will be linked down below and then we're going to catch up with all these indictments

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because today as i am recording this on july 18th

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2022 there are a total emily are you going to give us the punchline yes there are a total of 17

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indictments against alec murdoch 85 different charges including the murder

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of his wife and son and over 8.4 million that is alleged to have been

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taken from clients emily lawyers taking client money yes but with a whole bunch of suspicious

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deaths looped in and criminal indictments for this behavior you know

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what we should have seen in the gerrardy case ages and ages ago but are never going to see

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that that's what's happening here this unraveled and pulled everyone in

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with it so the people who seem to have been complicit who are alleged to have been complicit

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with this are also getting pulled in to the criminal indictments and that's not even talking about the civil lawsuits of

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which there are many so i have to give a shout out to mandy matney and the murdah murders podcast

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for the excellent reporting that she and the podcast have been doing

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um if you're not familiar with mandy matney or this podcast she is a news director at fitsnews.com

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they have been following this case locally with tremendous respect to the

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victims here and um a lot of integrity

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in their reporting it has been so helpful going through what they've

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uncovered including doing the freedom of information act request to get the jail

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calls and doing multiple podcast episodes with regard to the jail calls jail calls are hard to listen through um

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even as a da not only can it be a bit tedious but it can also be kind of heart-wrenching and it is hard work to

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do and they and their team have done really tremendous reporting on this so

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if you want all of the investigative reporting angle for this i can't suggest that podcast enough and the reporting

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that they've done enough it's been absolutely fantastic i want to look at the legal angle especially given my

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background as a former prosecutor now we have lots and lots and lots of crimes there's

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lots of crimes and civil lawsuits so many lawsuits so if you want the deep

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dive investigative reporting like why is there corruption in the system and what is the mainstream media getting wrong

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that is where i would turn for it i am going to link my previous episode down below and give you a brief

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background in july:

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dead about 10 miles from the murdah home his mother has been

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tireless in pushing for more of an investigation into this suspicious

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death and it looks like that is finally happening after the killing of

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paul murdoch due to things that were recovered from paul murdoch's devices in

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vestigation so that case from:

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in february:

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was the driver of a fatal boat accident what was the driver of a boat that was involved in a fatal boat

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accident while he was under the influence killing 19 year old mallory beach that boating under the influence

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case bred felony charges but also a large number of civil lawsuits

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and those civil lawsuits are still ongoing some of which are now alleging a cover-up and a conspiracy with regard to

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um paul murdoch his drinking etc etc

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also in february like two days after the boating accident the housekeeper at the

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murdah residence gloria st satterfield i always say stratter and it's not

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satterfield uh died under suspicious circumstances at the house we're going to talk about

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that later on i'm also going to link the charity that gloria's family has started

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to continue her legacy in hampton county south carolina down below gloria's gifts

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that's going to make sure to give out christmas presents um to those in need

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and i think we have had some very difficult years and there will be difficult years ahead financially for

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folks and what a wonderful way to be able to share a love of the holidays in memory so

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february:

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tripped over a dog or something happened with the dog and she fell downstairs and that caused the death there are civil

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cases that are just now settling over the wrongful death that we will get into

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because she is one of the clients that murdah is alleged to have stolen funds from with the aid of another attorney

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and that is all um also happening at the same time as we get into our more

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've got a suspicious death in:

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a boating under the influence fatality boat accident and then the suspicious

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circumstances death of the housekeeper then

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we get into:

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murdoch and paul murtagh are both shot at the family's hunting estate alec

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murdoch discovers them calls 9-1-1 and is designated a person of interest

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ng seems to happen until july:

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hose murders but back in june:

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identified as a person of interest in the case and the police confirmed that there was no

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threat to the public in this relatively small community so

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um what we know from investigations and from information that has been reported on is that murdoch did have gunshot

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residue on him there was blood spatter on him and i'm sure we will see more of that in the days

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and well years to come as this case goes to trial but maggie murdoch and paul murdoch were

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s we get into it in september:

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investigation was opened into the death of gloria satterfield and into the handling of her estate

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as well as a civil lawsuit being filed by her sons against murdoch and other

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attorneys and that is still um ongoing in that the settlement is just being

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dealt with as we speed up in time we'll get there me jumping ahead of myself i just i want to tell you the end part but

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so that started in september:

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2021 murdah is charged with insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance

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fraud and filing a false police report but he is arrested he post bonds and then

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enters rehab in florida from there everything um unravels fairly quickly

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with we have a another personal injury lawsuit with regard to the boat accident

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come in we have a motion for civil detention with regard to the estate of gloria satterfield we have a lot of

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activity from sled which is the law enforcement division the south carolina law or state

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:

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hire plot do you remember the suicide for hire yes

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it seems and is alleged and then criminally charged that alex murdoch hired curtis edward smith to shoot him

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for an insurance payout that is not allowed um but there is a 10 million

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life insurance policy that happened um september

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27th but it's interesting to note that when the suicide for hire is going down

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murdoch has been arrested on an insurance fraud case and there are these mounting civil lawsuits with regard to

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the mallory beach death in the boating accident on september 28th curtis edward smith

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gives an interview that he feels betrayed by murdah who he considered to be a brother

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what yeah settlements begin being reached in the

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satterfield case in october:

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his former law firm and then everything kind of topples

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october 9th another attorney that was involved in the satterfield case is has

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their law license suspended in georgia that's corey fleming we'll hear about him later

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:

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and alleged misappropriation of insurance funds with regard to the death of gloria satterfield

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on october 15th murdoch's lawyers on good morning america october 22nd sled

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releases a number of 9-1-1 calls from the day that murda was

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shot in the head due to the suicide for hire plot

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on november 2nd we finally see murdah's assets being frozen due to the wrongful

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death case but what's interesting is in the jail calls that we see on the murder murders

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podcast you hear alec talking to his son buster about still moving

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funds or property around so he's aware that this asset freeze is coming it'll be very interesting to see if more comes

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order coming down in november:

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then on november 4th you get another indictment with murdah and curtis edward smith both indicted for that assisted

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suicide plot along with the insurance fraud that's november 4th november 19th

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2021 alex murda has five indictments handed down against

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him with 27 charges emily why are there so many indictments south

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carolina is grouping them so the indictments the charges are grouped kind of by instance

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as i'm reading through the indictments why don't they just do one indictment it seems to be jurisdictional because these

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things are sometimes happening in different counties why doesn't the state ag just take them

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all under an umbrella i don't know will that maybe happen i don't know it could there are a lot of different indictments

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sible we will see in december:

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numerous civil lawsuits that are filed including gloria satterfield's family

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suing bank of america alleging that they aided alex murdoch in the financial crimes of

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defrauding the family out of their settlement funds and they sued curtis edward smith

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yes the same individual that was the gunman in the assisted suicide plot

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that dude um alleging that murdoch paid him two million dollars over six years

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there was money that should have gone to the satter fields well it's emily from the future because

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we had a little bit of a technical difficulty with emily from the past so

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on the audio you're like i can't tell on the video you can definitely tell so let

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th:

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smith that's right the guy we talked about earlier the gunman in the suicide for

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hire plot sues him claiming that murdoch paid him two million dollars over six

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years and that it's money that should have gone to the satterfield family

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also on december 9th there's another indictment it's like i i don't know at some point

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we did like indictment warning there's so many of them i've never seen indictments falling like dominoes quite

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like this in a case in in this grouping

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the state grand jury issued seven indictments with 21

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new criminal charges at some point we're just just put just put up the counter so

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seven indictments 21 new charges this brings the total

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to 12 indictments and 48 charges most of these indictments include breach

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of trust with fraudulent intent which is uh underlying fraud crime that's just

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what they call it in south carolina and then computer crimes which are

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essentially south carolina's kind of money laundering not money laundering that's not what i meant wire fraud type provision like using the computer to do

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or facilitate [ __ ] that's fraudulent some of these indictments also include

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money laundering so that's what this grouping of indictments deals with and

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:

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million dollars he remains in custody today and we've heard some of his jail

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calls which we will talk about throughout this podcast as they have been requested by

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the murder murders podcast through a freedom of information act requests and then

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shared by their podcast so if you want to hear those please go check out that podcast not that my podcast needs to

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tell you to go check them out they are a massive podcast and i'm sure you're probably already listening but just in case so the new year is rung in

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and everything just continues rolling we get from december 13th just into the new

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:

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state of georgia for allegations or in connection with allegations that he helped murda funnel

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money from the satterfield family settlement and that is kind of the ongoing underlying issue

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at this point for corey fleming we will continue to hear that name he was

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buddies with alec murdoch he according to all of the reports at

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gloria satterfield's funeral murdah was pressuring her

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children to hire corey fleming to sue over the wrongful death and you're going emily

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didn't gloria satterfield die on murdoch's property yes

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well wouldn't that mean that the person that's being sued is alec murdoch yes

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so wait he told the

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litigants or the potential plaintiffs the estate what attorney to hire to sue him yes

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why does that feel like a conflict of interest also yes yes it does doesn't it

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but how do you assure that things don't go awry and nobody looks into things further if you just ask them to hire

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your buddy to sue you hey hire my bestie from law school to sue me

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should the satterfield sons have signed

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a conflict waiver should have did they nope did corey fleming tell them that he was

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besties with murdoch no emily don't they have to do that yes yes

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yes yes yes they didn't know from all accounts

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that their attorney corey fleming was like bffs with alex murdoch who they

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were suing and so if that had happened and if that had been asked for maybe

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they would have had the opportunity to be like this seems odd yes it seems odd i mean when you get

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pressured at a funeral to hire a lawyer that's odd too all of it's odd all of this is odd

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but maybe it could have saved just a little bit of stress agony heartache

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over everything that happened they've already lost their mother they shouldn't have to fight with

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their attorney to get their settlement funds after suing his bestie

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it's just too much and maybe just maybe if corey fleming

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had done the right thing the fallout wouldn't have been so bad but we're gonna get back to the fallout for corey

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fleming in just a little bit because not only was his law license suspended by georgia

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but wait there's more that happened that happened january 11th wait until we get to march

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16th we'll circle back to what's going on for corey fleming with regard to all

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:

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there are more indictments yep the state of south carolina

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filed an additional four indictments with an additional 23

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counts so we're up to i don't know

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we're up to 11 indictments and like 43 44 charges if

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my math maths who knows if it will or not but don't worry we'll get to the end

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we'll we'll catch it all up but we're in there somewhere if the math is mathing and these additional indictments

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all deal with the same types of crimes um

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breach of trust with fraudulent intent with regard to client settlement funds they're alleging um one grouping of

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incidents with over three hundred and nine thousand dollars yes three hundred and

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nine thousand dollars another one with over eighty nine thousand dollars uh those are disbursements that we're going

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or supposed to go to the same clients and then the um computer crimes that are attenuated to

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that and that's where we get all of these counts why south carolina does

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them in groups of incidents and groups of counties and they aren't just making this statewide and releasing superseding

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indictments and keeping them all in one i don't know it's a lot of indictments will they all join up together down the

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road who knows maybe i've never practiced in south carolina it's an interesting way to do it it ends up

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being quite a lot of indictments just just a lot of indictments well i mean

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emily is there a lot of [ __ ] yes yes there's a lot of [ __ ] it's wild because between all these indictments

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and between the civil lawsuits i'm sure for murdoch he's got two different groups of lawyers but for me trying to

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keep all this straight my bullet pointed like broad overview notes are well over 10 pages

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if we do fine detail notes they're extensive and that's just covering the

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legal filings and not every single legal filing for every single case it's like the broad strokes because there is so

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much in all these various indictments and civil suits and again if you want me to get into those more in detail let me

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know in the comments let me know on social media if we want more of a dive into particular legal documents i am

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going to go through all of the indictments and pull out kind of the the overriding incidents and and go through

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and group those together so as we talk about this going forward then we know exactly which grouping of indictments

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and which grouping of client victims we're talking about separate from the civil cases because those are you know

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th:

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of the boat crash file credit claims of 65 million against the

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estates of paul and maggie murdoch this will ensure that those estates don't settle until these claims

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are settled so it's kind of putting a stop gap in there to make sure that the

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estates don't settle out and really go to alec murdoch before the

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survivors of the boat crash and mallory beach's family have their claims resolved so it's uh procedural

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protection at this point because they know they have to on march 16th corey

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fleming is indicted on 18 charges related to the theft of more than three

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million dollars from the estate from gloria satterfield remember we talked about them being homies and this is the

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you look it's just so improper that's just all it's just so improper

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on may 4th there are more indictments a grand jury indicts murdah on four

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charges and also corey fleming and also a banker russell lucius

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lafayette lefty emily those sound nothing alike i know

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i know i know i know they don't um my brain went lafayette but it's spelled l

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l-a-f-i-t-t-e so le fiti is what we're going with but in my brain russell lucius lafayette felt right

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emily you can't just redeem people i know i'm sorry that i'm talking future emily talks to herself so much i

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th:

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a banker and corey fleming these are criminal indictments in addition to the march 16th indictment

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so the corey fleming ticker is two indictments and 18

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22 charges but for murdah we're now up to 15 indictments and

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79 charges as we add everything together including

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schemes to defraud victims out of more than 8.4 million dollars as these indictments are

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now adding up on may 31st we get some movement in the gloria satterfield case

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because myrtle signs a confession of judgment a confession of judgment is not just a hey we're going to settle it is a

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confession of judgment i took this money and you

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are entitled to it back for more than 4.3 million dollars and the court approves it the next day

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gloria satterfield's family in short time after this also releases uh that she is starting afa or

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that they are starting a foundation in her honor called gloria's gifts that is going to ensure that no family in their

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local county hampton county south carolina goes without presence at christmas time i'm going to link those down below if you're listening to this

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story and you're like i wish there was something i can do all of the uh aggrieved families involved i'm going

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to leave anything that they have down below because i know that there's been stuff for um the families including

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gloria's foundation so those will be in the description and the show notes and then on all of my episodes on this going

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forward i will be sharing those again because i know when you when i cover things like this and when

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you know you guys reach out to me you're like is there anything we can do it's so much it is so much

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and if donating to a foundation in somebody's name is what works for you then at least it is something that can

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be done but also keeping an eye on this case and keeping an eye on how it's being handled and calling for more

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action in other cases um saying why aren't these things being done they can

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be done we're seeing it here in south carolina so keeping an eye um

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i think helps i really do think the attention of the public helps quite a lot in in cases where more attention is

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st:

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though:

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sled that they are going to exhume gloria satterfield's remains as part of

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the ongoing death investigation this is something law enforcement is not going to take lightly because not only

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does it disrupt the dead but also a grieving family it's quite a lot to exhume someone it's

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not regularly done unless it's absolutely needed if we need another episode in all

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of the nonsense surrounding what went on with the corner there were a lot of

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oddities with regard to the death of gloria satterfield not just the manner and

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occurrence of her death but also what happened afterwards at the coroner's office there's been a lot of questions

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i'm not surprised that this investigation was reopened after it was ruled an accident so if if more

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information is needed i will put an asterisk here that we will get back to going a little

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bit deeper into what happened um and i hope that we'll see more information coming out as this

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investigation goes forward and as they are taking the quite extraordinary step of exhuming someone's remains i think

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part of the reason that they are exhuming gloria satterfield's remains is because

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there was no autopsy ever done which is interesting when

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it's an odd manner of of death that somebody maybe tripped over a dog and fell

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downstairs i mean yes it can happen but it wasn't necessarily protocol to not do an

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autopsy and it feels to me when i was looking at that kind of aspect of this case that maybe it was

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like oh well alex murdoch said that this is what happened so that's what happened well his word has

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come well into question now and and i just wonder again um

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what was going on around the time that she passed and what did she know because it's a very odd

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circumstance so that is what's happening uh

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or that is what happened on june 3rd on june 28th there's another say it with me

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indictment this indictment ties together something that had been widely speculated about and again i prefer to

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rely on court documents but this is something that had been widely speculated about look

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i am not an investigative reporter i'm a lawyer i like to break down the law i like to look at the lawsuits

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so until things are kind of buttoned up in a legal filing and yes legal filings are formalized allegations and yes

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everyone has a presumption of innocence once you see that at least somebody believes there's enough

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evidence to charge this and you've put it before a grand jury it's more than speculation

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it is more than mere speculation at this point it at least has gone you know

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to a preponderance of the evidence it's like oh it's okay it's likely so in this latest indictment

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alec murdoch is charged with curtis edward smith

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yep the curtis edward smith from the suicide for hire plot

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murdow is only charged with two counts of this indictment but it is a multi-count indictment with a lot more in it for murder it is one count of

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conspiracy an account relating to oxycontin but

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the other counts are conspiracy money laundering forgery trafficking and methamphetamine possession of controlled

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substances there's a whole lot more to that indictment and it had long been

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speculated that curtis edward smith was the one facilitating the addiction of alex murdoch was his drug dealer and

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this is alleging that there was a conspiracy between the two of them at least with some of that drug related

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behavior remember murdoch has already confessed that he hired curtis edward

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smith to shoot him for an insurance payout we're already there what's interesting is that the conspiracy

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alleged in this case has to deal with some 437 checks over 2.4 million dollars that

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went from murdoch to smith but we also have pretty close in time that lawsuit

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from the satterfield family saying that murdoch funneled at least two million dollars to smith that should

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have gone to them and then we're seeing roughly 2.4 million dollars in this new

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indictment so there's something there there and i'm very interested to see more

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about this particular indictment for sure so now we're at

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16 total indictments and 81 charges over 8.4 million dollars from

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victims then on july 12th murdah is formally disbarred by the

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supreme court of south carolina and what i've learned particularly through

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listening to the murder murders podcast is that in the jail calls alec murdoch

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is still kind of running things he's very savvy in the ways of of currying favor in custody

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he's using his uh canteen books he's betting on sports games to trade in

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soups and beef sticks and things he's using other people's numbers it seems to

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make phone calls all things that are fairly standard and commonplace and i'm not surprised if he had any dealing as a

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lawyer with the criminal uh processes that that he would be uh kind of quickly

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savvy in that way and seems to be but he also seems very proud

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and and um very connected to being an attorney and

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again it becomes a big part of a lot of our identities not all i would never speak for all attorneys everywhere all

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the time but for a lot of us being an attorney is a central part of our identity because law school actually

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changes the way you think and it's there's just a kind of a shorthand

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with other lawyers even though we don't all get along we can be quite headstrong individuals but the supreme court of

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south carolina has taken the step to formally disbar um alec merdon not that

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that's going to stop him from acting as a jailhouse attorney which i'm sure that he is reading people's papers and giving

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them information in a non-formal way which happens in

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custody all the time there are some very savvy individuals when it comes to non-lawyers who understand the law

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but let's go into this order real quick order we suspended respondent richard

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alexander murdoch and yes he goes by alec which sounds like it should be alec

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but his name is alexander but his first name is richard so i think we can call him dick

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right dick murdoch so dick was uh suspended from the practice of

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the intervening months respondent has been indicted on more than 80 criminal charges arising from various ongoing

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investigations 80 80 more than 80.

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we're going to see that total as we get to the end of this podcast additionally respondent has admitted in various court

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proceedings and filings that he engaged in financial misconduct involving theft of money from his former law firm that

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he solicited his own murder to defraud life insurance and that he is liable for

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the theft of 4.3 million dollars in settlement funds footnote 1.

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to present legal argument on the question of whether he should be disbarred from the practice of law we

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subsequently canceled that hearing after respondent filed an affidavit waiving all rights to a hearing and stating he

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did not contest the court's authority and decision to disbar him from the practice of law well he's going to be in

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jail so at least he didn't waste the court's time in this i mean maybe this was the

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actual only time that's a bit of an exaggeration at least he's showing candor to the court and not

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fighting it and being like i [ __ ] around i found out it's just so [ __ ] appalling

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it really is we subsequently canceled that hearing after respondent filed an affidavit

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waiving all his rights to a hearing stating he did not contest the court's authority and decision to disbar him

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from the practice of law in doing so we noted a formal decision as to department

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would follow disbarment is among the most serious sanction the court can impose for unethical conduct committed

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by members of the legal profession the purpose of disbarring an attorney quote is to remove from the profession a

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person whose misconduct has proved him unfit to be entrusted with the duties and responsibilities belonging to the

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office of an attorney and thus to protect the public and those charged with the administration of justice end

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quote and then they case site to enrique kennedy respondent concedes the department is

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warranted in light of his admitted professional misconduct i mean i feel like that's all an understatement

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however our decision today turns not on respondents concession

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but rather derives from our constitutional authority and duty to protect the public from attorneys who

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are not fit to practice law see in ray barker quote the authority to discipline

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attorneys and the manner in which discipline is given rests entirely on

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this court indeed we take this step today based on our ability to conclude from the public

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record that respondents untruthfulness and misconduct resulted in significant harm to clients also an understatement

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and demands his removal from the practice of law based on his admitted reprehensible misconduct there we go

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there's a little bit stronger language based on his admitted reprehensible

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conduct we hereby disbar respondent richard alexander murdoch from the

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practice of law in south carolina in removing respondent from the legal profession we note his misconduct

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remains under investigation by the office of disciplinary counsel and our decision today in no way concludes

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limits restricts or otherwise impacts the ongoing odc investigation which we

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trust will continue without undue delay so this is not the end for him there is still an investigation going on i don't

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know what that's going to matter with the amount of criminal and civil cases he's

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facing but it might just be the ego crush of the thing of this is

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taking the legacy down brick by brick because the murdoch family did indeed

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have a legacy in south carolina they had been the solicitor of their county which is essentially like the district

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attorney for over 100 years like when we're talking legacy family

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generational legacy this is what we are talking about and um

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i think it's appropriate to continue to leave that legacy

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where it belongs at this point with alex murdoch by pointing out every

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single thing that has gone wrong here and at least they're indicting all the people that seem to have helped or a

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good number of them is it all of them i don't know maybe we'll find out for purposes of transparency and

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accountability the supreme court goes on to say if additional acts of misconduct by

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respondent are discovered in the odc investigation we will issue supplemental orders detailing any such additional

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acts of misconduct and imposing additional sanctions where appropriate footnote 2 which says particularly we

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emphasize this court may issue supplemental orders on issues such as costs and restitution especially if full

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restitution is not awarded in other proceedings so if we find

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client money missing and it is not otherwise accounted for this court can try to rectify it

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again it feels like south carolina's going a

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lot further and so far has done a lot more than what has happened in the gerardi

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case that is still just playing out in a bankruptcy proceeding so that is the end of what the

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supreme court has done in this case they are not done looking

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at this case but they have disbarred alex murdoch they reserve the right to continue their investigation and try to

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make it right with restitution if that's not handled in other venues but with the amount of indictments here and civil

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litigations will there be any money to deal with probably not that's the reality of the situation

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probably not but if there is money elsewhere with the amount of investigations going

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on law enforcement may be able to find that there are numerous money laundering charges um

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there are bank accounts that are subject to these investigations so

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there could be more um of that as more is discovered so on july

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12th when this disbarment comes down it is amid rumblings that the indictment

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for the murders of maggie and paul murdoch are coming down in short order

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murder of his wife maggie and his son paul

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the statement by sled chief mark keel is as follows over the last 13 months sled

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agents and our partners have worked day in and day out to build a case against the person responsible for the murders

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of maggie and paul and to exclude those who were not at no point did agents lose

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focus on this investigation from the beginning i have been clear the priority was to

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ensure justice was served today is one more step in the long process of justice for maggie and paul

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that brings the total at recording to 17 indictments 85

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charges including two charges that can be capital murder charges and over 8.4 million from

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victims most of whom are clients it is absolutely

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staggering um once you get that one domino to fall just like in the majority case it just

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starts going i have to wonder as i've been digging through all of this

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if this is where we ended up because murdoch was trying to cover up the lies

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lies and theft is where this started but then you get all of these civil

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lawsuits with regard to the voting under the influence um related

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death of mallory beach and i wonder if that was the tipping point where covering up

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everything became too much because you saw

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or we've seen reports that things between paul murdoch and maggie murdoch were not

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good we've seen um allegations and speculation

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that there is a cover-up with regard to the boat crash and a conspiracy to do so

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then you have um you know the the death of maggie and paul as these civil lawsuits are

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mounting it's all the timing of all of it is very odd

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the deaths are very odd uh for me the 9-1-1 call is odd

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and it's just there are things that don't sit right in my prosecutor brain

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i would be very interested to know

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what the rest of the investigation turned up i'm very interested to see what comes out about the gloria

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satterfield death investigation and the others

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this is something that if you tried to write it

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everybody would be like that's too over the top there's no way but is this all a cover-up

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to cover the lies and the theft i don't know we will see

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there if it's believed it'll be alleged as motive especially with regard to

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maggie and paul if they find that the death of gloria satterfield was not

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accidental and was in fact um at the hands of another then

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that might play in too what did people know how much did they know what's on the devices what's in the

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emails what do we know and if there are people with information that they know

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the shit's out of the horse on this one so

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it's coming th this this iceberg

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is being uncovered bit by bit and we're seeing that in the pervasive and constant indictments that

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that there is no letting up in digging out what has been going on with

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alec murdoch and those that are connected to him and that is

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going to continue because i'm sure law enforcement is like we need to we need to see where the bottom of

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this thing is we can't stop now there's two there's too much to stop

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and this is going to not just the civil cases but spark other criminal investigations because it's who else is

48:48

connected and we'll see

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we'll see how big this case gets by the time we get to the end of it but what we know is that the

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murder legacy of prominent legal family in south carolina is

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over however that is we will see but it's

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looking through all the indictments was stag was staggering and if you want kind of a breakdown of all of the indictments

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i was trying to give a timeline overview because it is in fact so much but if you want a breakdown of the different

49:24

clients we can do that just please let me know in the comments down below in your

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reviews of the podcast on apple and other platforms or on social media at the emily debaker in my dms my email is

49:37

also publicly available if you want to email me and say yes i'm interested in that or yes look at this um i'm always

49:43

open i am not an investigative reporter i am not a journalist i am a lawyer i

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love looking through the legal documents if you would like me to go through more of these legal documents i absolutely will um

49:55

because there are well 17 indictments and then there's all the civil litigation and the civil

50:01

litigation has a lot going on as well i mean it is there's a reason the murder murders is a whole ass podcast just

50:08

covering this family because it's so much stuff but we can go through some of

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those legal filings and go through the different theories in the civil cases and then the indictments if that would

50:20

be helpful but we are going to be touching in with this case as things start happening we know that alec

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murdoch's attorney has said that they want their speedy trial they want to push this to go to trial which is

50:32

probably not going to hurt them and it's probably not the serve they think it is and i'll tell you why they want speedy

50:38

trial they're like 60 days let's push this to trial in 60 days most homicide trials take a year plus to get to trial

50:46

here's the thing there was no arrest made for 13 months by the time they brought this to a grand

50:51

jury i would have to imagine they were anticipating it going to trial and going to trial rather quickly so

50:58

they should have most of their eyes dotted and their t's crossed before they brought it for indictment they took their time he's

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sitting in jail if he's their only suspect there's he's not going anywhere

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there were 16 other indictments before this one he's not going anywhere so there was no need for them to rush so

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his attorneys pushing this to trial probably won't help them because it's not going to punish if you

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will or force the prosecution to be you know forced to trial and not be ready

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because they again had 13 months to investigate and bring it to grand jury for those of you that have not been

51:34

around you are newer law nerds a grand jury indictment is a process by which

51:41

evidence is presented to a grand jury behind closed doors there's no defendant

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there there's no defense attorney there it is just presented this is what the case is

51:52

is there probable cause to believe that the person we say did the thing did this thing it is a very low standard that

52:00

allows somebody to be held over to go to trial trial is beyond a reasonable doubt

52:05

probable cause is law professors everywhere are being like

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really yes it's a it's more likely than not probable cause is like eh kinda

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that's how i describe probable cause because that's exactly what it is seems like you did it

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it's good enough then you have to go to trial and prove it beyond a reasonable doubt that burden is

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substantially higher but how the legal wrangling will shake out

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in this very small community with i don't how do you pick a jury i don't

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know what they're going to do about these criminal cases and where they're going to put them because in a county

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like los angeles los angeles county's huge huge just for reference

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ion of los angeles county for:

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is being reported at 12.4 million that's la county

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the population of south carolina is 5 million

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the whole state so when you're looking at moving cases around within la county and we saw this

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with the oj case it was moved from santa monica to downtown you can move things around um within the same county to try

53:25

to move out of an area where this is of intense interest i don't know what they're going to do

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about that in south carolina or if they're not going to do it and just void your jury and be like some people don't

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care about this the way they do with other high-profile cases but this case is of intense public interest especially

53:45

intense local public interest um when i was in south carolina for dave matthews uh this this past summer

53:53

well it's still summer it doesn't feel like it my kids start school soon but this past summer we were out to breakfast and talking to

53:59

the owner of big bad breakfast love it so much love bbb love the ones here in tennessee

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loved the one in south carolina but we were chatting and when we were chatting about covering this case it's just like

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oh yes oh yes there is lots of conversation about the murders about the family about the case

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this is inescapable locally so

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it's going to be interesting to see what they do as they are pushing this to trial we will we

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trying to track the civil cases and the criminal indictments is going to be interesting but we are

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going to do it because as we're looking at what's happening in the droughty case there's a

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part of me that wishes we were seeing some of that accountability in that case that we are seeing in this

54:47

case we've now seen two attorneys a banker and a co-conspirator slash gunman all indicted

54:55

we've seen two attorneys disbarred and this has been really

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from the tip of the iceberg when the first indictment came down within a year of the first indictment there's been a

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lot of movement from local law enforcement and the local supreme court

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it took gerardi it took them over a year to disbar gerardi in

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it so

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we're gonna keep looking at these two cases because they are absolutely

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the worst of the worst of what a lawyer should do

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and i just don't have any more words for it so i'm gonna stop i mean it's just it's it's reprehensible

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it's appalling and it's it's devastating the impact that

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abusing a position of trust has and

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well we're going to continue to see the fallout of it um and the consequences

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from it aren't we so with that let me know your thoughts on this case and all the cases i cover

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down in the comments or you know in your reviews of the podcast thank you for continuing to make this

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podcast you know number one in entertainment news in the top 100 in your news category

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because we cover the stories that we are all talking about and this one

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is just wild so thank you for being here thank you for being all honored thank you for

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letting me talk about something other than the depth v heard case for a moment

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because so much has happened in this case we needed to get back to it i hope you are well

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gallon may your family be well and may the odds be ever in your favor i will see you in

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