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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The R.C. Soles saga continues. The attorney who represented Kyle Blackburn, the young man soles shot in 2009, has filed a lawsuit against Blackburn. In it he claims Soles paid Blackburn a large sum of money after the shooting.

“As soon as I said, ‘Mr. Soles,’ he turned around and pointed the gun at me,” Blackburn told WWAY in April 2010, about the August 23, 2009, shooting. “I said, ‘Oh, whoa. Please don’t shoot me. I’m leaving.’ And I turned around, started to walk away, and then I heard the gunshot.”

Sitting next to Blackburn during the interview was attorney Scott Dorman. He agreed to represent Blackburn, with both signing a formal contract.

“We are considering pursuing a civil action on Mr. Soles, on Kyle’s behalf, but we’ve made no decisions at this time,” Dorman said during the interview.

Dorman claims the civil suit was ready to go, but in June 2010, Blackburn fired the attorney.

According to the lawsuit filed by Dorman, Blackburn never paid him, and now he wants Blackburn to pay up $10,000 for breaching the contract as well as all attorney’s fees.

Read the lawsuit

The lawsuit claims Blackburn received substantial sums of money from Soles to compensate for the shooting.

In that interview last year, Blackburn said Soles has paid him more than $100,000 over the years to keep quiet about things he knows. He said that it’s the senator’s MO to throw around a lot of money.

“I’ve seen $20,000, $30,000 walk out the door with one person. He don’t give that to anybody,” Blackburn said. He went on to say that B.J. Wright and Allen Strickland got the biggest sums.

We tried to talk to Dorman, but he said he would not comment about the lawsuit.

Blackburn and Soles have not returned our calls.

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  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Soles will simply pay off Dorman now, to avoid one of his precious “lil’ buddies” from encountering hardship.

  • SurfCityTom

    the Senator made any payments; however, the attorney did file a voluntary dismissal order yesterday. So the lawsuit falls from the radar.

  • Guest3293

    One has to wonder (as if they didn’t already know) why these boys are being “paid off”. And how much longer is Tabor City and Columbus County going to let this nonsense continue?

    Will definately be interesting to see if Attorney Scott Dorman drops the lawsuit. I am sure he will be offered more than the 10 grand he is asking.

    By the way, haven’t heard anything from B.J. Wright since he was let out on bond. Wonder how much he has been paid to “keep quiet”?

    My, my, my…..this tangled web we do weave!!!!

  • TC Girl

    Please tell me EXACTLY what you think those of us who live in Tabor City or Columbus County can do about all this??? We have NO CONTROL over this bunch of fools! I know it makes our town and county look bad but tell me what it is you think we can do about it????

  • *———*———-*

    At least with all these payouts to “the boys” the local economy benefits. Local drug dealers, black market gun dealers, and beer joints have increased sales. You have got to look at both sides of the coin sometimes.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Skidmore, Missouri?

    Now, their “town problem” was a bit more severe and I don’t encourage trying their solution, but perhaps if some of you “talked” with the Senator, located and “talked” to his little friends, they might clean up their act?

    You’d be surprised how persuasive a couple of big, law-abiding yam farmers can be….

  • SurfCityTom

    at Dorman’s suit. Not having read the contract he & Blackburn signed, I would assume it is a boiler plate which stipulates the percentage of any lawsuit settlement the attorney is to receive.

    It likely does not address the issue of payments made to prevent a lawsuit being filed.

    No lawsuit was filed. Thus no percentage of settlement payment is earned. And the payments made by the Senator would not qualify as an out of court settlement.

    Now the injured party still has time to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.

    Mr. Dorman, where did you attend law school?


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