Ladner arrested

| June 12, 2013 | 83 Comments

Ladner Mug Shot

It seems that Shane Ladner’s lawyer was unable to to get records of his hospital stay in Panama, or those secret records being stored at Fort Benning of his daring deeds somewhere south of Texas. But we said that already. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says that they’ve arrested Ladner;

The investigation revealed that Ladner was NOT a Purple Heart recipient as he has claimed for several years. He is charged with 4 counts of Theft by Deception, 1 count of False Swearing and 1 count of False Statement to a Police Officer. The Theft by Deception charges are from Ladner receiving a free Purple Heart License plate in 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2012. When he originally applied for the license plate in 2009 he was required to swear that he was a Purple Heart recipient, hence the False Swearing charge. The False Statement charge is from lying to detectives during an interview.

The United States Army has no record of the 2004 DD214 that Ladner presented to obtain his Purple Heart Georgia License plate.

Now, if Ladner’s lawyer needs me to take a week or so at his expense to go to Panama and check around the hospital for him looking for his records, well, you know I’ll make that sacrifice. I mean as long as they want to pretend there are records down there, I’ll pretend I’m looking for them.

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  1. Hondo says:

    Joe Williams: that might be true in general. But many judges really don’t like dirty cops.

    Frankly, I hope Ladner gets a judge that’s a vet – and a PH recipient. That would be Karma indeed.

  2. Pineywoods NCO says:

    @9, @51

    Karma is an evil bitch of a mistress. Shane is going to have a lot of “fun” working with her and her two assistants.

  3. Military Supporter says:

    Number 34. You got that right. If in fact her case is worth anything now. So sad. He is and has been draining her of HER money and now he sees a big payday coming. She must be a woman with no self esteem. From what I hear she was at the jail bailing him out AGAIN. Wonder where his family is? Or did he hatch?

  4. Military Supporter says:

    Any fines paid will come from his wife. He has no money except what he has stolen from her. She should kick his lard ass out and save herself.

  5. Military Supporter says:

    46. Don’t forget about this poser’s friend. Charles Cox. Lied and his resume made him look like superman. Randy Travis fox 5atlanta also did a story on him. What an eye opener. Those Show of Support people don’t care. The bigwig terry Johnson also responsible for the accident takes no responsibility. He put a “sorry”. Bumper sticker on his truck and got on with his life. No parade permits, but he’s sorry.

  6. Planet Ord says:

    Hondo, IMO, this will go to pre-trial diversion after he gives a guilty plea. He’ll be ordered to pay restitution and get a few years probation.

    The guilty plea will be the kick in the nuts. No more guns for him. No more police…anywhere. Kind of like a BCD. It follows you around for life.

  7. Hondo says:

    Planet Ord: agreed that this is gonna leave a mark he feels for the rest of his life.

    You and others could well be right about him escaping without doing time. I still think it’s a fair bet the judge decides to make an example and gives him at least a short, token amount of time behind bars. I won’t be shocked unless he either (1) gets off with essentially nothing, or (2) the judge throws the book at him and gives him serious time.

  8. Beretverde says:

    Wounded Soldier’s Attorney Releases Statement On His Arrest 6/12/13

    STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF SHANE LADNER, FROM ATTORNEY JOHN COOK
    6/12/13

    “We’re disappointed that law enforcement authorities felt the need to arrest Shane Ladner today, especially in the manner that it happened, a traffic stop on the side of the road. This arrest serves no purpose other than to continue to traumatize Shane and Meg Ladner, both of whom are still recovering from last year’s train accident. We are confident in our ability to defend Shane against these charges and plan to do so. All along, our investigation has shown that, in fact, Shane did receive a Purple Heart for injuries received in service to his country. When all of the information finally comes to light, plenty of people will owe Shane an apology.”

    Mark Annick
    Vice President, News and Public Relations

  9. Detn8r says:

    Hell John, I will go with you on that trip! I’m bound to have forgotten something when I was down there and no time like the present to go and find it!

  10. Military Supporter says:

    John Cook I’m shocked that you and you law firm keep allowing Mr. Ladner to continue his lies. Someone mentioned every time he opens his mouth another lie pours out. Do you realize by your doing this his poor wife’s case is diminishing because the rail road is also seeing this news. Your fee for purporting he has documents that are not there is being paid by his wife. YOU are putting her in harms way both physically, mentality and financially. Mr. Cook stop his lies and yours.

  11. Combat Historian says:

    I see that Ladner and his lawyers have decided to go full retard and stick to their bullshit story about him earning a non-existent PH. I really do hope that now this SOB will do some hard time in an “ass-pounding” joint, as you folks call it…

  12. NHSparky says:

    All along, our investigation has shown that, in fact, Shane did receive a Purple Heart for injuries received in service to his country.

    If by “investigation” you mean looking at a DD-214 that’s got so many holes in it you could drive a Mack truck through, then yeah, I suppose so. But as we’ve seen far too many times, that shit can be faked. He’s changed his story more often than he’s changed his underwear.

    I know your client is entitled to a “vigorous defense”, Mr. Cook, but at the same time you as his legal counsel needs to take him aside and tell him that he needs to take his lumps. Throwing bullshit on top of his lies isn’t helping the man or his wife.

  13. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The attorney says that “law enforcement authorities felt the need to arrest” Ladner. Yep. They just acted on a feeling. I’m sure that’s it. Slow docket, I guess. And how about the “traffic stop on the side of the road” business? I guess the fast lane would have been better. Or don’t the police in Texas let a wanted person pick the place of arrest like police do everywhere else in the country?

    P/O: “Hi. You’re probably wondering why I stopped you. I’ve got a warrant for your arrest.”

    Driver: “Oh. Say, officer, do you mind arresting me later? Arresting me now would be very inconvenient.”

    Then there’s the matter of invoking the wife’s name. That was low, whether she okayed it or not.

  14. Hondo says:

    2/17 Air Cav: sadly, such conduct by other members of your profession is all too common. It’s a big reason why much of the rest of society has lost respect for the legal profession.

    Every client indeed deserves a vigorous defense. But there are certain lines that common sense says you just don’t cross.

    Transparent, obvious, and public bald-faced lying like this IMO crosses one of those lines. Ditto playing for public sympathy by bringing in an injured spouse.

  15. USMCE8Ret says:

    @61, 62 – We all believe it’s fairly evident Ladner doesn’t have a PH, but I speculate the reason Mr. Cook is sticking to the story and supporting his client is because he is getting paid, and probably rather well. Folks are probably betting Union Pacific has deep pockets and will pay out, but I haven’t been able to find anything that shows the train operator was at fault as a result of the investigation in Midlothian.

  16. Andy says:

    yep, final death match in this years tourney is going to be Ladner and Monkeyass.

  17. NHSparky says:

    Problem is, Master Sergeant, you’re not allowed to lie for your client. Notice he’s playing semantics when he says “we believe” and “our investigation has shown” knowing full well if he came out and said, “He’s got one” he’d be on the hook if in fact it came out (as it has already) that he’s lying.

    Then again, you pay me $250-300 an hour and I guess I’d play word games too until the retainer ran out. That’s what I see happening. 20-30 billable hours, and “What? You’re broke? Aw, gee, sorry man. Can’t represent ya no ‘mo.”

  18. USMCE8Ret says:

    Obviously, I’m no attorney, but I’m betting there’s something screwy about the business between those two.

    Like you say, the “word games” thing may last until the money dries up.

  19. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    @67. You got it, Sparky. There’s another trick that’s used in court which telegraphs that a defendant is lying AND his attorney knows it. It’s a free-style narrative in which the attorney asks no questions that would elicit untruthful testimony from the client. Essentially, the atty says, “Mr. So and So, would you please tell the court what you know about this matter”–or some such open wording.

  20. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    @65 even it they are not at fault they and their attorneys will take a look at the case and decide what’s cheaper, trusting your payout to a sympathetic group of people too stupid to avoid jury duty or settling for a known amount…..

    Lots of innocent companies payout instead of going to trial and figure that as a cost of doing business.

  21. Beretverde says:

    I’m thinking the attorney is tied in on the “settlement money”/lawsuit that Ladner is a part of. I also think the attorney is shaking his head at the loss of $s by Ladner’s lies.

  22. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Follow-Up to Cmt 69. That’s why very few defendants take the stand. Of course, no one is supposed to admit that. The system puts the onus on the state to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Thus, a defense atty can (and damn well should) go tooth and nail against the state’s evidence, which includes witness testimony. Who wants a defense atty who says, “I firmly believe my client to be guilty as sin and, thus, we will not cross examine the witnesses against him or beef about procedural errors in his arrest and prosecution?”

  23. A Proud Infidel & Patriot says:

    Shane Ladner the liar’s Attorney is obviously going to defend him all the way to Lardner’s last dollar!

  24. Retired colonel says:

    73. To his wife’s last dollar. He has none, and the attorney doesn’t object taking money from a brain damaged victim. What kind of professional ethics does the state of Texas have?

  25. Pineywoods NCO says:

    74. Here in Texas, we do have a majority of lawyers that are fair, honest and truthful and will fight for their clients with ethics.

    Shane’s lawyer…isn’t one of them. And that disgusts me.

  26. streetsweeper says:

    I’m betting the UPR is more than watching this case, their own investigators(UPRP) more than likely are all over him like a rat on a cheeto. Historic fact: When the FBI was launched in 1907, J Edgar Hoover used the Union Pacific Railroads police service as the model for FBI. Ladner is double phucked, so to speak.

  27. Hondo says:

    I suppose it’s too much to hope that Ladner’s attorney is working on a contingency fee basis (or maybe contingency fee plus fixed retainer). For his wife’s sake, I hope that’s the case. But I’m guessing Ladner probably didn’t negotiate that.

  28. Just An Old Dog says:

    I’m betting the farm that the “lawer” in this case is only dealing with and defending Ladner’s DMV fraud ( which is what he is being charged with) in order to get to the juicy plum that is the suit against the railroad/organizers of the parade.
    No matter what an ass-wipe her hubby is and the fraud he committed to get on that float, no jury is going to be unsympathetic to a person who lost a leg because a parade float got merked by a train.

  29. JohnnyJ says:

    @76…you got that right…..if his wife is listening to anyone she needs to exit stage left and find a new and much more ethical attorney! Her case will be damaged and she does have a case …..without him. There are some good Texas attorneys but not these guys!

  30. Retired colonel says:

    What baffles me is the organizers of this parade seem to be in constant contact with the Ladner’s. Entertaining them, etc. so did the Ladner’s sue the organizers of the parade? If so, what’s that about. In what world do defendants entertain plaintiffs?

  31. slick24/7 says:

    got to say at least he is letting the hair grow out, much better then what it looked like before and really the face hair looks pretty cute on him!!Bubba really going to like that.Hows that injury doing for you ? looks like your moving around just fine … when you are running from the reporters. The problem with that is they have you on tape running !! that’s pretty stupid ! you need to pull out your cane …that pretty one you have with all those flags on it.You could all so use it as a weapon,you know if you needed to defend yourself…..you ass clown !!

  32. Just An Old Dog says:

    @74 you said “What baffles me is the organizers of this parade seem to be in constant contact with the Ladner’s. Entertaining them, etc. so did the Ladner’s sue the organizers of the parade? If so, what’s that about. In what world do defendants entertain plaintiffs?”

    I’m not sure if the Parade organizers are going to get hit also (I think there was a question of proper permits, etc). I would guess that they just feel God-awful about what happened to Mrs Ladner and the others who were injured.
    In my cynical mind i’m betting that the ambulance Chasers are weighing if its worth going after both the railroad and the organizers.
    If the Parade had a municipality with deep pockets ( taxpayer money) behind it they may go gunning for them.
    If it was a small charity, with not much money it would be more of a bad publicity move on the “lawer’s” part.

  33. TPM says:

    J.,too bad they are so cheap anytime it involves the little guys ;-) If you ever end up really going back, PLEASE get me a picture of the National Geo office. It’s in that nice section of Amador Heights, the part that goes back to the French days there. When me brother died, I lost a good bit of 35mm slides, so if you have any pics of old Panama city and feel like sharing them, you got me email address. Let alone a hugely popular site, that is.

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