The Crazy Coincident That Changed Everything
Only two nights before contesting the RO, Adam was up late with Sam and Marie, sprawled out on their porch with a couple of drinks, and thinking over his defense. Adam began to doubt himself, as he knew that it was the mother’s word against the father’s, and Vee played a very convincing victim. Chances of a happy ending for him were looking slim to none. He held onto the hope that Vee wouldn’t show up to court and allow the RO to expire.
Suddenly, Marie pipes up, “Hey give me that RO real quick.” Adam passes it over.
“Wait a second. This is my judge. This is the same judge that granted me that anti-harassment order against Vee.”
“No way.” He couldn’t believe it.
“Hold on, let me make sure.” She runs inside. Within a few minutes she returns with her court order. Yep. It’s the same judge.
Adam could barely hold back his excitement. Now he knew exactly where this was going.
Court Is Now In Session
Finally, it’s show time.
Adam was the first person to arrive to the courthouse that day – alone, as his lawyer had to defend another client somewhere else. Adam still clung unto the hope that Vee wouldn’t show up, but his hopes were dashed when she walked through the building’s front doors with an unfamiliar lawyer. Before court was in session, her new lawyer approached Adam, offering to allow the “no contact” part of the RO expire, but to leave a “do not abuse” order in place. He refused. He didn’t do anything to deserve either order and wanted to explain his side of the story. The lawyer was surprised that he refused this deal, and then returned to Vee, confident that they were going to win.
They had no idea what was coming.
Her Act Begins To Crack
When it came time for Adam to present his side of the story to the judge after Vee’s, he brought up all of the incident reports he had read at the police department. Because Vee had only brought copies of her top three “most convincing” reports, she and her lawyer had to review the other reports while everyone else was sent back to the gallery.
After being called back, the judge insisted on delving into the content of each report, despite his claims that the content was irrelevant. As she began with the very first one from the night Adam found out about the affair, Vee chimed in, emphasizing the two later reports in which he “broke into her apartment”. Adam fought back, calmly stating that he could provide text evidence granting him permission to enter. The judge continued with the first report nonetheless.
Vee jumped in again, painting her ex as having Multiple Personality Disorder, according to his doctor. The judge looked surprised. “His doctor told you that? Without his permission?”
“Yes, your Honor.”
The judge then turned to Adam with the same dumbfounded expression.
He just slowly shook my head. “My doctor and I have a close relationship. I highly doubt he would break HIPAA.”
The judge still looked taken aback, but caught onto the fact that Vee was bluffing. After finishing the last report, Adam reemphasized that his point in bringing up the 19 reports was not the content, but to show how Vee was trying to harass him and make him look bad in front of their daughter’s GAL in the custody battle. Now for the kicker.
END OF PART 3