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VENICE, Fla. (WFLA) – Brian Laundrie’s parents say their choice to keep quiet about Gabby Petito’s disappearance “is what most people would and should do” as the legal battle between Laundries and his parents Petito continued.
Attorneys for Chris and Roberta Laundrie filed a 21-page dismissal motion updated Friday after Petito’s parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, sued them for “willfully causing distress about spirit” earlier this year. Petito and Schmidt claim Laundries knew that Brian murdered Gabby and sought to help him flee the country, while taking steps to block contact with the Petito family.
The civil suit, which did not have any evidence to support the charges when it was filed in March, was amended after Judge Hunter W. Carroll noted that “a procedural omission was noted.” awareness” in the complaint, leading to a longer and more contested motion for dismissal by Laundry.
“The decision of Laundry to exercise their constructive rights to silence, privacy and advice and to have their attorney speak for them in such difficult and stressful circumstances of the media, could not be different from extreme behavior or beyond all limits of courtesy,” said Laundry Motion to Remove the States. “That’s what most people would and should do in such a situation.”
The motion to dismiss also states that “no further facts may emerge to support the claimant’s claim.”
Pat Reilly, attorney for Petito and Schmidt, continues to express confidence in the case but refuses to disclose any evidence his client has to support their allegations at this stage in the investigation. legal process.
“I think most people would realize that if a parent is grieving their child is missing, and I can help them and tell them where their child is, I have a moral and ethical obligation to do so. virtue to do it,” Reilly said in a phone call with WFLA.com on Friday.
He added that the argument for dismissing the lawsuit was “outrageous and ludicrous.”
Matthew Luka, the Florida attorney representing Laundry, argued that Laundry’s decisions were communicated only through their attorneys and did not respond to Petito and Schmidt while Gabby was missing as “legally authorized, authorized, and authorized.” constitutional protection, is not outrageous and does not give rise to any cause of action.”
Attorney Steven Bertolino, who continues to represent Laundries in relation to the media, believes the case will eventually be dropped.
“The revised complaint does not contain any new facts or invoke any law to support Petito’s legally baseless claim. We are confident that our request to dismiss our current revised complaint will be approved,” Bertolino told WFLA.com.
The decision to dismiss Petito and Schmidt’s lawsuit, seeking $30,000 or more in damages, rested with Judge Carroll. Reilly said that his team hopes to have a ruling on the layoff proposal by “mid to late summer”.
Prohibition of firing, a jury trial has been set for the week of August 14, 2023 in the Southern District Court in Sarasota County, Florida. The trial, which is expected to attract international media attention, will mark the first time the Petito case has reached the courtroom and reveal much-anticipated evidence that Petito and Schmidt claim to support. support their allegations.
Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, also filed a false claim over Laundrie’s estate, alleging that he committed “willful acts” that led to Petito’s death.
https://www.wfla.com/news/sarasota-county/laundries-argue-silence-is-what-most-people-would-and-should-do-in-new-response-to-petito-lawsuit/ Laundries say silence is ‘what most people would do’