New developments in the Conroe bigamy case making headlines around the country.
Just days after getting slapped by the Texas Court of Appeals, State District Court Judge Patrice McDonald vacated her own court order that had forced a Willis man to pay tens of thousands of dollars to the woman who lied to him.
Last week the Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont issued an order saying that if the Conroe Judge didn’t reverse her decision unfairly condemning Mark Athans, they would do it for her.
The Court of Appeals acted after Judge McDonald placed Mark Athans in contempt and threatened jail time when he refused to pay $34,000 in support to Charity Lenee Parchem. Athans could prove Parchem was a serial bigamist but the judge refused to consider the evidence.
A South Dakota court has already voided the marriage. Parchem pleaded guilty to being married to another guy when she married Athans. Judge McDonald didn’t care.
Despite Judge McDonald’s forced change of heart, Athans still has to spend tens of thousands of dollars to appeal the court decision.
“This is more injustice on this poor guy,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Houston-based investigative media firm, Dolcefino Consulting.
“It’s bad enough his wife lied to him. Judge McDonald should pay for the Athans appeal out of her own pocket. She has cost him a fortune. Then she should resign.”
State District Court Judge Patrice McDonald got an earful this week from the Ninth Court of Appeals after she threatened to jail a guy in Willis because he didn’t want to pay his ex-wife who turned out to be a bigamist.
Mark Athans was held in contempt and threatened with jail time by Judge McDonald for refusing to pay $34,000 in support to Charity Lenee Parchem. She refused to change her mind after South Dakota voided the marriage. She refused to change her mind even after Parchem pleaded guilty to being married to another guy when she married Athans. Parchem is apparently married to at least two other guys.
The Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont put an emergency hold last month on the judge’s ruling, and this week handed down a strong reprimand of the judge.
“By refusing to admit the evidence Mark offered to support his defense that Charity was married to another when they married, the trial court abused its discretion when it decided Charity’s motion to enforce.”
The appeals court then sent a very clear message to Judge McDonald.
“We are confident the trial court will vacate the order the court signed holding Mark in contempt and placing him on community supervision. The writ shall issue only if the trial court fails to comply.” That’s judge jargon for do it, or else we will.
Dolcefino Consulting has a better idea.
“Judge McDonald should donate her entire salary to Mark Athans because she has cost him a fortune unnecessarily defending the most ridiculous family court decision we have seen,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Houston-based investigative media firm Dolcefino Consulting. “Then, she should save the voters the effort and resign.”
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