DeKalb Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said in court recently there is evidence that Sneiderman had her husband, Rusty, shot to death “not for Mr. Neuman to be with the defendant, but someone else.”
“(T)he motion is a fishing expedition in search of support for a new fantastical theory of liability,” Sneiderman attorney Mark Trigg wrote in his response. He went on to accuse Panitch of filing the motion to satisfy “her media audience with the preposterous idea that Mrs. Sneiderman not only manipulated Hemy Neuman to have her husband killed, but did so for the purpose of facilitating a relationship with Mr. Dell.”
Trigg asked the court to sanction Panitch for allegedly falsely claiming that she “engaged in a good faith effort to resolve the issues raised in the motion.”
In her response, filed Thursday, Panitch accused opposing counsel of “engaging in ad hominem attacks … emblematic of tactics resorted to by parties whose logical arguments have failed them.” She denied their claims that she failed to act in good faith regarding the motion to compel.
The Dunwoody attorney has been a persistent thorn in Sneiderman’s side since before Neuman’s trial, when Panitch — acting as counsel for the convicted killer’s ex-wife, Ariela — accused the widow of engaging in an affair with Neuman, her former supervisor at GE Energy. Panitch supplied evidence to prosecutors that surfaced in Neuman’s trial and was one of the first to accuse Sneiderman of being culpable in her husband’s death.
In her response, Panitch accused Sneiderman’s lawyers of mounting “a coordinated attack not only on the plaintiff, but also on plaintiff’s counsel’s professional and personal reputation, as well as the prosecution in the criminal case.”
Sneiderman, who is under house arrest, has denied any involvement in her husband’s killing. Trial dates have yet to be set in either the civil or criminal cases.