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READ: Attorney Howard Spiva's Open Letter to the City of Savannah

Click HERE to listen to Bill's interview with Attorney Howard Spiva about the Shanta Greene case, just hours before the city announced it would appeal the settlement.

After the appeal had been announced, Attorney Spiva wrote the following letter to the city and posted it on social media:

Dear City of Savannah
You want to appeal?
Their MO is the same, it can be a pot hole or a broken windshield or lost leg, they deny deny and try to starve citizens out.
You have treated Shanta Greene like a second class citizen for 3 years. You have kicked her to the curb and denied her justice over and over.
The City and their lawyers told us "we will pay when a jury tells us to". The jury has spoken and you continue to delay justice.
Have you no honor?
Justice delayed is justice denied.
We went to City Hall in 2011 and we told them do the right thing or we go to war. Nothing has changed.
We stood up to your bully in pre-trial motions for summary judgement.
We stood up at trial.
We are ready willing and able to battle in the Court of Appeals and Supreme court
Play your silly POLITICAL games of delay and waste more tax payer money.
We know the appeal is an effort to make Shanta take less.
You had your chance to settle when we came to you many times for 3 years.
All you could do was show disrespect and your hired guns threaten Shanta.
The truth came out at trial and the jury heard it
and all of Savannah will know learn the truth when we publish our book about Savannah's politics choosing money over safety of our citizens.
"Good stewards" of the tax payer money would be to end this battle and care for our trees.
We offered you $500,000 to hire your friend Don Gardner back. You turned away $500,000?
So you want to keep trying to beat Shanta down. You have treated Shanta Greene like a second class citizen for 3 years.
"Good stewards" would:
(a) hire Don Gardner,
(b) reinstate the Master tree Plan,
(c) hire a construction inspector,
(d) adopt the tree protection act for City Departments,
(e) buy insurance...
Sadly, the real big case is the next one.
Go head and Appeal. We have made law in the Supreme Court before and we have no fear.
On an Appeal you will have to:
1) post a $12 Million bond
2) Pay $65,000 month interest = millions on appeal.
3) Enrich your attorneys.
4) Attempt to retry case and give us chance at higher verdict. (I spoke with jury members, you almost got over $20 million awarded).
A bigger award will add millions in pre-judgement interest.
Your politics and your lawyers do not scare Shanta Greene, Louis Anderson nor their legal team.
The Mayor said this case was not for "Social media". Social media is the people, the tax payers, the citizens, the voters and the juries, welcome to 2013.
Make it a great day!

 

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