Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2014. 8:18 pm CST.
Thursday, November 27, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Embattled attorney Arthur Saldivar faces a civil suit from former clients Melonie and Marlene Coye, who alleged that after he won them acquittal in the Court of Appeal on money laundering charges in March, he took more than half the money they got back from the Central Bank without explanation.
What’s more, they got an order for summary judgment against him. But today in court the other side was forced to have that order set aside due to procedural errors.
Attorney representing Saldivar, Senior Counsel Hubert Elrington, says the judgment would have left Saldivar on the hook for the over $900,000 unaccounted for from the Coyes without giving him a chance to explain his side of the story.
Elrington also notes that they wanted to explore the existence of the money and who it belongs to, since it was proceeds originally belonging to Melonie’s father and Marlene’s husband, the late Michael Coye.
Elrington insisted that the law is much more complicated than laymen understand.
As he pointed out, Melonie Coye has not proven her claim to the money such as being appointed administratrix of the late Michael Coye’s estate.
The case appears to be back to square one.
Attorneys for the Coyes were not available for comment.
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