South Carolina attorney Alex Murdoff likely to lose license

COLOMBIA, SC (AP) — Prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdoff, who is facing more than 70 criminal charges after police probing his finances following the unsolved shooting deaths of his wife and son last year, could potentially make his law permanent. You are going to lose your license.

The South Carolina Supreme Court said Murdoff’s attorneys said Tuesday they would not oppose any of the arguments set for a hearing on Wednesday. As a result, the judges quashed the proceedings.

The decision is likely to end the legal career of a member of a prominent family that has dominated the legal landscape in tiny Hampton County for nearly a century. Murdoff’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather were elected prosecutors for the area for 87 years.

Alex Murdog once worked for a family-founded law firm that claimed to have secured million-dollar judgments for accidental deaths, product liability or workplace safety matters. The firm said in September that Murdog was stealing money.

Chief Justice Don Beatty said in court papers last week that Murdog’s own confessions in civil cases and statements made by his lawyers at bond hearings leave no doubt that he stole money from clients and lied to authorities and dismissed them. should be done. There have also been no arrests in the June 2021 murders of Murdoff’s wife Maggie and son Paul at a family home in Colton County.

A BT statement on Tuesday said a formal order on the dismissal would be issued later.

Beatty left no doubt in his order last Thursday where he lays out what should happen to Murdoff’s law license.

“In this unique case, the defendant’s entry into the public record leads to only one conclusion—that the defendant’s grave moral misconduct subjected him to the most significant sanction available—disarmament,” Beatty wrote.

The deaths of his wife and young son prompted at least half a dozen investigations into Murdoff and his finances that resulted in an indictment against him. Murdoff is facing charges that he stole $8.5 million from people who hired him and lied to police that he was shot by a stranger on the side of the road when – officials say – he actually asked a friend to kill him so that his surviving son could collect. $10 million life insurance policy.

Whatever Murdog or his lawyers said before the state Supreme Court could have been used in criminal cases or additional investigations against him.

Several other former customers have accused him of plagiarism, which has led to dozens of criminal indictments. Murdoff signed a civil settlement stating that he was responsible for taking more than $4.3 million from insurance settlements for the family of his homeowner, Gloria Satterfield, which Murdoff said would have resulted in a collapse in the family’s home. Went.

Meanwhile, the June 7, 2021 anniversary of the deaths of Murdoff’s wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, passed with no arrests and any additional information from the state law enforcement department. Its agents have disclosed little beyond the fact that the two were shot outside their Colton County home and that Murdoff called 911, saying they discovered the bodies.

Murdog’s lawyers continued to insist that he had nothing to do with the murders, adding that he was on his way to visit his mother and ailing father when his wife and son died.

State police are also investigating other unusual deaths around Murdaugh and plan to exhume Satterfield’s body. Murdog said she was seriously injured in the fall, and later died in hospital. But the coroner’s office said it had not been notified of her death, like it should have been for anyone who died under unusual or suspicious circumstances.

State police are also looking into an unsolved death that was dubbed a hit-and-run in 2015 on Hampton County Road. The mother of the 19-year-old victim said she thought Paul Murdoff might be involved.

A judge has frozen Murdoff’s assets as several civil lawsuits make their way through the courts, some on behalf of the family of the 19-year-old woman who was killed and others aboard Murdoff’s boat in February 2019. When it had crashed into a bridge. Ghat police accused Mardaw’s late son of boating under the influence.

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