Jury selection begins for Shane Ladner

| April 21, 2017

Our friends at Fox5 in Atlanta report that jury selection began yesterday in Cherokee County in preparation for the jury trial of valor thief Shane Ladner which is supposed to begin Monday;

Despite Ladner’s so-called military “document” listing the Purple Heart award, Cherokee County prosecutors don’t believe him. He faces one count of making a false statement to Cherokee County Sheriff’s investigators and six counts of making a false statement to the Cherokee County Tax Commissioner in connection to those tax-free license plates.

Ladner sued FOX 5 over our original reporting, a lawsuit that was dismissed. He is appealing.

And for those hoping to hear from Ladner on the witness stand, they may be disappointed. According to a motion filed by his attorney, Ladner “will not testify at the trial of this case.”

Our buddy, Randy Travis delivers an excellent summary of events leading up to the trial;

We didn’t bust Ladner, but we were able to lend our expertise to Fox5’s lawyers when Ladner sued them. Too bad Ladner won’t testify on his own behalf, I’m sure that would be entertaining.

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  1. Doc Savage says:

    Ah, yes…..that special kinda stupid that does not simply double down, it increases exponentially.

  2. Mick says:

    Why do these Stolen Valor posers always ‘lawer up’ and try to sue everybody when they’re busted and exposed?

    Do they really believe that a ‘lawer’ will be able to prove what simply does not exist?

    It’s unfathomable.

    • Eden says:

      I think they have the idea that just breathing the word “lawsuit” will get their opponents to back down, and they’re surprised when it doesn’t work. Then they feel they have to follow through with their legal maneuverings even if it’s ill-advised, especially when charges have been filed against them, as in this case.

      “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” And they are the ones who are caught in that web of their own making.

  3. ChipNASA says:

    Very Bernathian.

  4. Mick says:


    Here’s another one for you.

    Cleared hot.

  5. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    It appears that Shane Ladner is busting his butt to be a Bernath, ain’t he? Life in jail isn’t going to be a picnic for him once his fellow inmates find out he’s an ex-cop and I’m sure that some Defense Attorneys have made an issue of any case he arrested and/or testified in.

  6. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Thank God there are real “reporters” out there like Randy Travis and Dan Noyes (and a few others that have posted here at TAH) that are not afraid to get the truth, especially in SV cases.

    As for SHANE LADNER… here’s hoping that things don’t go well for you and that you’re found guilty of all seven charges against you! Remember, cops have a “hard” time in jail…

  7. IDC SARC says:

    more like a purple Sphincter

  8. Andy11M says:

    Doubles down for a jury trial and WON’T testify on his own behalf? Oh yea, the jury will find the prosecutions case weak and find him innocent on all charges……not.

  9. Green Thumb says:

    I forgot about this fat tool.


  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    It’s just a shame that his parents named him Shane. Shane was a hero. He was a contender. He rode off to the mountains.

    Does anyone think some 10-year-old kid is going to run after this guy, shouting “Come back, Shane! Come back! Ma has chores for you to do! There’s wood to be chopped!”?

    Nah, me neither.

  11. HT3 '83-'87 says:

    Not testifying is smart. Perjury is not something wants to be found guilty of…

    “A person convicted of perjury in Georgia faces a fine of up to $1,000, a sentence of one to 10 years in prison, or both.”

    Best to take his medicine and not have any further problems because next up is the wife suing him for divorce. His lie got them on the float that ended up costing her a leg. Who says Stolen Valor is a victimless crime?

  12. T1B says:

    Does anyone know if the wife is still standing by him?

  13. Retired Commander says:

    Wondering the same thing. Is the wife still standing on her one leg (he’s responsible for the missing leg) by her man? How does he sleep at night? So many lies and just continuing the drama! Can you imagine what it’s costing for his defense, the State’s cost to prosecute it! Should have included the fraud for the fundraisers telling everyone he had two Purple Hearts! Give it up Shameful Shane!

    • Just An Old Dog says:

      I believe that the Ladners came into a windfall of cash after the train accident.
      Pretty sure the City of Midland and the railroad had to fork over some big time geeters for that fuck up.

      • Eden says:

        So his wife is letting him blow it all on a vain attempt to defend his lies?

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        As for that batch of money, I wonder where it came from? The Union Pacific Railroad couldn’t be held at fault because the local Government there had that declared a “Silent Crossing” where the Train’s Engineer was forbidden from sounding his horn. Maybe the Truck Driver’s insurance Company had to cough up some money due to his negligence in failing to pay attention? It seems shameful that Shane Ladner is not being held accountable in court over the hunting trip and rifle he got for his lies.

        • Retired Commander says:

          They got an undisclosed amount of money (mostly for the wife), but you know that lying
          A H POS has total access to it. That’s probably paying for that Bubba (attorney). And that attorney advised him to appeal the Fox 5 judgment. That attorney is going to retire after he finishes this case! Been around the world and never saw corruption like this! Can’t wait for the documents to be produced to show he was in combat. And the statement that the government messed up! All they have to do is put his commanding officer to say “never in combat “.

          • Retired Commander says:

            Also, settled before trial from what I read and the widows of the true heroes went to trial and got nothing!

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            I’m sure his Lawyer is laughing and screwing his Secretary all the way to the bank.

  14. HMC Ret says:

    He doesn’t plan to testify? If I were him, and if I really had earned the PH, they couldn’t keep me off the stand. I’d be hollering from on high that I had been awarded the award.

    Not testifying in this case speaks volumes.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Ladner is DOA if he takes the stand and the state will be hoping that the defense errs and opens a door to allow the state to get certain damning evidence in. If a defense witness, for instance, mentions Ladner’s good character, in so many words, the state will have a great deal of fun. Ladner really can’t testify because, if he does, the state will brutalize him. On the other hand, by not testifying, he does create the impression that something is amiss, despite the number of times the jury will be told to infer nothing from his silence. The case must be made by the state, of course, that Ladner falsely affirmed that he was awarded a Purple Heart. That his DD214 and other of his mil records include no mention of a Purple Heart will certainly be introduced through a qualified witness. (The GA DMV specialty plate request form changed in 2016, so I can’t tell what the doc looked like when Ladner submitted his request. Nor can I tell what supporting docs, if any, were required to be submitted to the tax office.) The defense will then put on its expert to establish doubt regarding the accuracy of the contents of the records. If the state does its job well, Ladner should be asking, immediately after the prosecution rests, to be allowed to plead guilty to one of the charges. I still think that Ladner’s atty will not make it to an opening statement before Ladner folds and begs for a deal. Just my .02 cents. Someone else may have a nickel’s worth.

      • Jonn Lilyea says:

        Team Ladner is hoping for one member of the jury who thinks it’s possible that the Army may have screwed up his records.

        • OWB says:

          Probably the only thing they can hope for. There certainly is nothing else they can expect, even though juries are notoriously unpredictable. An extremely remote possibility is better from a defense perspective than starting with a guilty plea.

          Besides, the longer this can be dragged, the more the lawyer gets paid.

      • streetsweeper says:

        I’ve always liked your assessments. I’ll bet that he doesn’t take the stand for that very reason too. One other thing that we may know is, once he was caught in his lie, his Ga POST certs and everything else went down the toilet. <ight have to take a day off and make the trip over to his trial and sit in. 🙂 Very well done, 2-17! Hooah

  15. Just An Old Dog says:

    This has to be the dumbest fuck on the planet.
    He is insisting that he got a Purple Heart, but his service and awards were declared secret by the Government.
    To back his claims he provides a DD214 with a purple heart on it, given to him by,,, you guessed it… The Government.

    • Retired Commander says:

      Originally he claimed 2 Purple Hearts! He finally is just claiming one! That speaks volumes.

  16. Brad Smith says:

    I got drunk one night and tossed all my orders and paperwork on a bonfire. (Wish I hadn’t because I had a copy of our CIB orders with everyone’s full names and SSI numbers and everything. This would have made it a lot easier to track down some of my friends who I have lost contact with) I needed my DD214 again years later and simply put in a request and it was sent to me, easy peasy. If I remember correctly I could have had it sent directly to my boss (maybe I’m wrong or it’s changed). Either way it’s not exactly difficult to prove. Get a new DD214 with the embossed stamp sent directly to the sheriff’s office or open it in front of the Sheriff and it’s all done. Instead he comes up with a DD214 from who knows where. What kind of sense does that make? He had a grand jury trial first, so why not do it then? It makes no sense at all.

    And what I want to know is what kind of trouble he can get in for messing with a Government document? I remember back in the day, guys getting busted for altering their ID’s so they could get into bars. This is a heck of a lot more serious than that. Couldn’t he be facing federal charges now?

    • Hondo says:

      Forging or altering a DD214 (or possessing a forged or altered DD214) is indeed a Federal crime. Unfortunately, it’s only a misdemeanor. US Attorneys rarely seem to prosecute misdemeanors.

      I believe that the GA charges he’s facing are felonies.

  17. Retired Commander says:

    Trial started. Second day. From the looks of things he’s still claiming Purple Hearts and amazed the people who drank the Kool Aid sitting behind him. Wish more of my vets were here.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Retired Commander. You are the ears and eyes for us. It sounds like the state put on its case and that the defense is at it. Is the defense banging on the inaccuracy of mil records? Has the state put on any rebuttal witnesses?

  18. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I couldn’t find much on the Ladner trial, but what I did find is linked below. There are some seconds of opening statements from the prosecutor and defense. It isn’t much. The def atty appears to be maintaining that the DD214 the jury will see is genuine and that its entries cannot be dismissed. Says he, “They cannot get around the DD214….They cannot bring anyone in here to say, ‘Nope, this is a fraud; nope, this is invalid.'”

    Of course, opening statements aren’t evidence and what the def atty said is loosey-goosey. Unfortunately, whatever else he said isn’t on the video and I wouldn’t give a dime for the reporter’s interpretation of anything said at trial.


    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      What I meant by loosey-goosey is that the “Nope, this is a fraud” business is a legal conclusion that would not be stated by any expert on the stand. Does that mean that the state won’t have an expert on mil records testify? No. It’s frustrating having to wait for these crumbs of information.

  19. Retired Commander says:

    Day 4 – one legged lady wheeled in, eyes rolling around saying she’s not brain damaged! What else can he do? Pathetic!

  20. Retired Commander says:

    Should be interesting today, Monday, May 1, 2017, closing arguments in this POS’ trial. Randy Travis covered it well. Google his Facebook page – Randy Travis Fox 5 Atlanta. He reports better than i could. Hope more Vets are there today!