While everyone may be angry at Nationwide over its dead kid ad and proud they got GoDaddy to kill its puppy ad, the real ad action was in a local market, where a Savannah lawyer again tried to break the Internet with his own production for the second year in a row.
Last year, Jamie Casino of Casino Law Group had an ad produced to run during the Super Bowl that featured Casino (nee Biancosino), the Savannah personal injury lawyer, wielding a flaming sledgehammer while criticizing the former Savannah police chief, Willie Lovett, for comments Lovett made after a double murder.
Lovett had issued a press release shortly after a particularly bloody Labor Day weekend, that suggested, “there were no innocent victims.” This got Casino’s attention since one of the victims was his brother.
The 2014 ad went viral and was viewed almost 6 millions times on You Tube. In it, Casino declares that he had been “employed by some of the most cold-hearted villains,” but that changed with the murders. Casino decided to repeat his ad purchase with a new production of Casino’s Law. This time, an angel forges that sledgehammer Casino uses to stamp out “bullying” in the Savannah Metropolitan Police Department and at City Hall.
What kind of bullying, you may ask? Well, let’s start with Willie Lovett, the former police chief currently awaiting sentencing for illegal gambling and extortion, indicted, tried and convicted after he resigned following accusations he was carrying on an affair or engaging in sexual harassment on the force (depending on which account you believe). The criminal charges included allegations Lovett was paid hundreds of dollars per day for providing protection to a gambling operation.
But what about the double murder in which Casino’s brother was gunned down while driving with his former girlfriend through Savannah’s Victorian historic district? Lovett had backtracked on his comment blaming the victims. But the whole sad affair did shine a poor light on the criminal justice system as practiced in the Hostess City.
Let’s start with the appalling lack of convictions for murder in this town. One of the men suspected of being the triggerman in the Biancosino double murder was Sidney Grant. Grant was once acquitted of another murder after a jury trial. While being sought in the Biancosino case, Grant was found shot to death outside a Savannah nightclub. The Savannah Metropolitan Police Department did manage to charge Grant’s alleged killer – one Izell Marketh Perry. But he was freed after the only witness announced, “I ain’t answering no questions” during the trial in November of last year.
While Casino was preparing his second Super Bowl ad, the man allegedly driving the car from which Grant allegedly fired the shots that killed Casino’s brother is awaiting trial. And there lies the last bit irony in this sad tale. Walter Terry Moon was once Casino’s client. Back in 2008, Moon was sentenced to 7 years in prison, but served just two years so that he was out and about at the time of the murders. He’s scheduled for a jury trial in March. Depending on the outcome, we may see another edition of Casino’s Law during the 2016 Super Bowl.