Sneiderman barred from civil depositions
4:59 pm, November 20th, 2012
Andrea Sneiderman can’t attend depositions of witnesses in wrongful death and forfeiture suits against her, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams ruled Tuesday.
Sneiderman’s bond conditions prevent her from having contact with potential witnesses in her criminal case, where she’s accused of conspiring with her former boss, Hemy Neuman, to kill her husband.
Adams wrote in his order that Sneiderman may electronically listen to depositions, and she may not comment or interrupt. Sneiderman may confer with attorneys present at the deposition as long as her voice isn’t heard by any other person in attendance.
Adams hadn’t ruled Tuesday on whether to bar contact between Sneiderman and Joseph Dell, whom prosecutors have suggested is in a relationship with her and could be called as a witness.
DeKalb County Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said in court Friday that Sneiderman may have manipulated Neuman to kill her husband so that she could be with Dell. Andrea Sneiderman’s lawyer called that idea ”fanciful,” and her lawyers have maintained she is innocent.
Neuman was found guilty but mentally ill in March for the 2010 murder of Rusty Sneiderman.
Separately, attorney Mark Trigg of Greenberg Traurig has taken on the role of lead counsel in all of Sneiderman’s civil cases. Sneiderman is being sued for forfeiture of about $2 million in Rusty Sneiderman’s life insurance policies and for wrongful death by Rusty Sneiderman’s brother, Steve Sneiderman.
Trigg has no involvement in Sneiderman’s criminal defense, where she is represented by J. Tom Morgan, John Petrey, Thomas Clegg and Doug Chalmers.