Andrea Sneiderman turned the tables June 18 on her brother-in-law Steven Sneiderman, who filed a wrongful death suit against her last month related to the 2010 murder of his brother Rusty Sneiderman.
The widow of Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman filed a defamation suit against Steve Sneiderman and then filed a wrongful death suit against her former boss Hemy Neuman, who was found guilty in March of killing her husband.
Neuman pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity of shooting Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody daycare facility on November 18, 2010. He was found guilty of the crime on March 15 of this year and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
On May 18, two months after Neuman’s conviction and 18 months after the murder of his brother, Steven Sneiderman filed a civil suit in Fulton County Superior Court charging Andrea Sneiderman of being a co-conspirator in the murder, accusing her of an ”illicit relationship with her co-conspirator [Neuman] to manipulate and influence him to murder Rusty Sneiderman.”
So, on June 18, which would have been Rusty Sneiderman’s 38th birthday, his widow, Andrea Sneiderman filed the wrongful death suit against her former boss, Hemy Neuman, and filed a formal counter claim to Steven Sneiderman’s suit, saying “Neuman, acting alone, killed Rusty Sneiderman.”
At the same time, her attorneys also filed a motion to dismiss Steve Sneiderman’s suit, saying he “has no standing” to bring the action.
Suing Steven Sneiderman for libel, defamation, slander and intentional infliction of emotional stress, her attorneys claim “it is profoundly unfair, inappropriate and a violation of Georgia law for Steven Sneiderman to publicly accuse his sister-in-law of being a co-conspirator to murder while he is calling for investigations and filing a lawsuit to determine whether or not the accusations he has made publicly against her are true.”
Sneiderman’s lawyers, J. Tom Morgan, Louis Levenson and Doug Chalmers, have not commented further since the June 18 filings. Steve Sneiderman and his attorneys did not currently comment other than to say they were reviewing the suits and were withholding any response on June 18 in honor of the anniversary of Rusty Sneiderman’s birthday.
One person close to the court filings observed to The Crier that it seemed strange that Andrea would file her counter claim to Steve Sneiderman’s wrongful death suit and her defamation suit against her brother-in-law on what would have been Rusty Sneiderman’s 38th birthday instead of doing the filings on the previous Friday.
Sneiderman and her attorneys were required to file her counter claim within 30 days of the filing of the wrongful death suit and June 18 was the limit of the 30 days.
Steve Sneiderman’s attorneys, William Ballard of Atlanta and Esther Panitch of Dunwoody, do not have to file a response to Andrea Sneiderman’s counterclaim nor to her defamation suit against her brother-in-law, since the defamation suit was filed as part of the counter claim, according to one of the attorneys involved.
Among the statements specifically mentioned in the counter claim is one made by Steven Sneiderman shortly after Neuman’s conviction in DeKalb County Superior Court when he stated “Andrea [is] covered in Rusty’s blood, and there are not enough rabbis in the world to wash away those stains.”
The wrongful death suit filed by Steve Sneiderman alleges Andrea “knew that her co-conspirator intended to kill Rusty Sneiderman.” The suit also alleges she “actively and knowingly participated in the murder and the planning of the murder.”
DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James implied in his closing argument that the victim’s widow acted as Neuman’s co-conspirator. He said his office was looking into whether or not there were potential charges to be filed against Andrea Sneiderman. He told the media “stay tuned.”
The various suits and countersuits aren’t likely to be heard until next year.