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We the undersigned are concerned with the fairness of our judicial system in Greenville County, South Carolina, and ask that you consider our plea for your help.

The information and dates listed below are an attempt to chronicle a pattern of behavior on behalf of John Ludwig and our Solicitor's office which we believe can be substantiated by information readily available to your office. The information below is not meant to imply guilt against John Ludwig for any crime. The information below simply represents our best effort at gathering information from public and private sources. We believe that some of the information listed below formed the basis of Solicitor Bob Ariails argument to Judge Griffith that John Ludwig shows no respect for the law or its authority. We were shocked and dismayed that no part of this public record was brought to the attention of Judge Williams during the sentencing of John Ludwig for reckless homicide. We feel as if the information below is relevant to the current charge of burglary in the first degree and its eventual disposition. We ask that your office appoint a special investigator to determine whether or not the Solicitors office acted with the publics safety in mind with respect to all cases involving John Ludwig. We further ask that your office take over the pending case of burglary in the first degree, or if unable to take over the case, carefully monitor the actions of our solicitors office and the actions of John Ludwigs counsel. It is our hope that your office can produce a report that is independent and fair and will help restore or confidence in the fairness of our judicial system.


July 7, 2008 - John Ludwig repeatedly make threatening and harassing calls and text messages to Mr. Benjy Brown. Police are called and inform John Ludwig that he is on trespass notice with respect to1 Byrd Blvd.

July 14, 2008 At 11:30PM at night John Ludwig breaks into the home where he was on trespass notice. He is arrested and charged with Burglary 1st degree (a violent offense punishable up to life in SC) and resisting arrest. John Ludwig is tasered during this incident as he represented a threat to the safety of the responding officers. Bob Ariail consents to a 1 million dollar bond with conditions (house arrest w GPS tracking, psychiatric evaluation within 30 days, and no contact with Benjy Brown or Donovan Ludwig)

Defendant John Ludwig hires Joe Watson as his defense attorney. Joe Watson is Bob Arial's former boss and a retired Circuit Court Judge.

Solicitors office drops the resisting arrest charge.

July 27, 2008 Donovan Ludwig calls the police and complains about harassing phone calls from John Ludwig. Police speak to John Ludwig and inform him that he is in violation of his bond and he cannot call her directly or indirectly.

John Ludwig continues to call Donovan Ludwig in violation of his bond. Bob Ariails office is notified and nothing is apparently done.

August 8, 2008 - Donovan Ludwig calls the police and complains of the continued harassing phone calls (27 times in one day). Detective Bradford of the Greenville Police department is provided with the phone records. Bob Ariails office is notified and nothing is apparently done

August 12, 2008 - John Ludwig is seen at Liberty Taproom in violation of his bond. Bob Ariails office is notified and apparently nothing is done.

August 12, 2008 - John Ludwig calls Donovan Ludwig's attorney, Jimmy Brehm, and threatens him. Police report with phone record is on file. Bob Ariails office is notified and apparently nothing is done.

August 15, 2008 Greenville Police Department charges John Ludwig with Harassment for continuing to call Donovan Ludwig. Bob Arials office is notified and apparently does nothing.

October 27, 2008 - Bob Ariails office indicates that they want to dismiss the Harassment case because he is unable to secure phone records even though this information is available through a subpoena and the Greenville Police Department is already in possession of numerous recorded phone calls from John Ludwig to Donovan Ludwig.

Despite overwhelming evidence that John Ludwig has repeatedly violated the terms and conditions of his bond Bob Ariails office does not rule Mr. Ludwig in for a hearing. Shockingly, Bob Ariails office agrees to reduce his bond to $100,000, takes him off house arrest, and allows him to have contact with Donovan Ludwig.

November 17, 2008 - John Ludwig is charged with Criminal Domestic Violence. This incident takes place in front of their 5 year old son. Bob Ariails office is notified and elects to do nothing.

Sometime in late 2008 An accusation of sexual harassment is brought against John Ludwig.

February 2009 - John Ludwig is charged again with Criminal Domestic Violence. Bob Ariails office apparently does nothing.

February 27, 2009 Greenville Police Department responds to a complaint by one of John Ludwig's employees who says John Ludwig assaulted her. No charges were filed. Solicitor Ariail is made aware and does nothing.

February 2009 - Benjy Brown informs Bob Ariail's office that John Ludwig has communicated with him and offered him an incentive to have the Burglary charge dropped. Bob Ariails office apparently does nothing.

Based upon information given to Detective Ricky Floyd of the Greenville Police Department it is alleged that John Ludwig is repeatedly calling Benjy Brown in violation of his bond. Bob Ariails office apparently does nothing.

April 2009 - John Ludwig kills Bill Bardsley. Mr. Ludwig hires another one of Bob Ariail's former bosses, Mr. Wilkins, a retired federal appellate judge.

May 2009 - John Ludwigs attorney, Mr. Wilkins, is notified that his client will be charged with Murder. John Ludwig travels to Lincolnton, GA and calls his ex wife. These actions appear to be in violation of his burglary bond.

May 2009 - Bond hearing - Heard in front of Judge Griffith. Bob Ariail initially does a poor job of informing Judge Griffith about Mr. Ludwig's history.

May 2009 - John Ludwig adds conditions to his bond conditions and is held in contempt and placed back in jail. Bob Ariail tells Judge Griffith about John Ludwigs lack of respect for the legal system and the conditions imposed by the legal system.

May, 2009 - John Ludwig is held in contempt by Municipal Court Judge Matt Hawley for sending a convicted felon to the home of Donovan Ludwig and her children. John Ludwig is placed on electronic monitoring. We believe that this behavior warranted a hearing for bond revocation at the state level. Bob Arials office apparently does nothing.

August 22, 2009 - Greenville County Authorities receives a complaint of attempted rape that occurred at Mr. Ludwig's lake house. The victim does not wish to pursue and no charges are filed. Bob Ariail is informed and nothing is apparently done.

Even though there is a condition of his bond that prohibits Mr. Ludwig from transferring any assets with a value of $10,000.00 or more he sells his business. Bob Arials office is aware and apparently does nothing.

November, 2009 - Bob Ariail agrees to let Mr. Ludwig plea to Reckless Homicide. Even though Bob Ariail could have entered in to a negotiated plea that would have required John Ludwig to receive jail time he did not. Even though Bob Ariail could have pointed out to Judge Williams that John Ludwig was a danger to our community he did not. Bob Ariail never mentioned that John Ludwig was out on bond for a violent crime case when the reckless homicide occurred. Bob Ariail did not mention that John Ludwig had been held in contempt of court twice. Bob Ariail did not in any way refute the positive character portrayal of John Ludwig's attorney when we feel there was ample opportunity to do so. As a result of this and other potential circumstances we believe that John Ludwig received probation. We are therefore concerned that the pending burglary in the first degree charge shall receive similar poor prosecution.

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Doreen BartonBy:
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The Honorable Henry McMaster Attorney General Of South Carolina

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