Monmouth County Democratic Freeholder Candidate Lawrence W. Luttrell, like all bullies, can dish it out but he can’t take it.
The litigious lunger has spent two years campaigning for Freeholder (he came in last in 2013 and is heading that way again this year) by lying and distorting the records of his opponents, particularly over the farmland preservation deal involving Andrew Lucas. Yet when the truth about his own inglorious past gets revealed, Luttrell threatens legal action.
At the candidates forum sponsored by Lincroft Village Green last week in Middletown, Freeholder Director Lillian Burry was so upset that Luttrell blamed her for Operation Bid Rig that she would not shake his hand after the debate. “You’re taking this stuff too personally,” Burry reported Luttrell as saying.
Look in the mirror Larry. As a great Democrat once said, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” You brought this on yourself with your lies and distortions. You’re not dealing with tenants or advisories who can be easily bullied.
At issue are Monmouth GOP radio ads and robo calls that refer to Luttrell and his running mate, Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo, as “Lawbreakers” and announce that Luttrell’s law license was “suspended” and “taken away.”
Here’s one of the ads:
Luttrell hired another lawyer to write to Monmouth GOP Chairman Shaun Golden claiming that the ads are defamatory because Luttrell’s license was not “suspended” or “taken away” but that it he was “temporarily administratively ruled ineligible” to practice law. Here’s a copy of the letter.
“Suspended,” “taken away” and “ruled ineligible” are distinctions only a lawyer can appreciate. The general public will not know the difference.
Luttrell’s lawyer threatened to take “all legal remedies” if the ads were not discontinued.
The lawyer complained that the “ruled ineligble” occurred 13 years ago because Luttrell was distracted by the terrorist attacks on 9-11 and did not pay a fee.
Evidently Luttrell did not tell his attorney the whole truth.
Luttrell’s license to practice law in Florida was suspended or revoked or ruled ineligible, whatever the difference is, for most of this year The website lawyers.com listed Luttrell’s status as “Suspended” earlier this month. The site said Luttrell could not practice law in Florida for failure to comply with a continuing education requirement. His status on the site was recently updated to “In Good Standing.” However, the cache in a google search still lists Luttrell’s status as “Suspended”:
I doubt Luttrell will file a lawsuit. He, not his attorney, personally emailed Golden this afternoon to ask if he received the letter and if he was going to discontinue the radio ads by the end of the day. Then, after the close of business today….at the conclusion of the Monmouth County Freeholder meeting…an Asbury Park Press reporter told Freeholder Director Lillian Burry that Luttrell wants to know if the ads were going to be taken down.
The Monmouth GOP should change their ads, even if Luttrell does not file suit. Have the narrator say, “Luttrell was ruled ineligible to practice law in TWO STATES, New Jersey and Florida.”
That would be a harder hitting ad and answer Luttrell’s lawyer’s objection. The public won’t know the difference between “suspended” and “ruled ineligible.” The Party won’t have to waste money on legal fees in the unlikely event that Luttrell does sue.