After the hearing on March 11, 2010 before Judge Bonnie Sudderth of the 352nd District Court in Tarrant county, an Order to Dismiss was issued by the Court yesterday. I asked Wilma Vicedomine for a personal one on one interview and she granted that.
The one rule was that we would not talk about the Harris County case other than to say that Don Clark and Ms. Vicedomine would continue as independent consultants on certain cases as needed by the O’Quinn Law Firm during what appears to be a rather large transformation of the direction of the firm. So if you are looking for any “inside” information or my opinion of the Harris County case this is not the article for you. I remain with ALL counsel and/or parties a “Respectful Adversary”.
Ms. Vicedomine made two statements up front at the beginning of our interview. The first she was thrilled and felt great about her attorney Jonathon Stoger taking the lead in Court today; she felt “Great” at the outcome today and said she thinks Mr. Stoger is brilliant.
Ms. Vicedomine then surprised me by saying on the heels of that statement that she feels Teresa Stephens continues to have a valid case against some of the bloggers from TMZ going back to 2007. Vicedomine felt that once it began to appear that Stephens added people she was angry with, and had no valid complaint against them, was the undoing ultimately of Stephens’ case.
I was amazed that she said both in the same sentence.
We then returned to a conversation she and I had shortly after I was served with Stephens’ suit at the end of October 2009. I found myself added because of anger and not something I had done. Stephens admitted that even in emails saying, I had never written anything bad about her nor had I ever said anything to her that was bad, but I was added “because of what others were telling her I said.” I felt devastated about that and Stephens and I had some frank phone conversations and email exchanges concerning that.
Vicedomine could tell at the beginning of November 2009 my voice sounded tired and she expressed sincere concern that was shocking in itself when you hear some of the mantra of the “I am not sick” or the opposite why didn’t I do the world a favor and just “check it all in”. Vicedomine began to check up on me about every ten days and as I became weaker I heard sincere concern in her voice. She tried to kid with me about the “respectful adversary rules” we had established and she noticed I was having trouble following the conversation or staying focus. I then began to not be able to eat a lot of things I had before and the final blow was that coffee even made me sick.
Ken and I made a conscious decision after talking that he would take over more of the interaction on the blog; that we would ask guest writers like John J. Nazarian and Daniel DiCriscio to cover for me with their great articles. Ken’s family knew and Roxanne and Heath knew and tried to take up some of the slack and I continue a downhill spiral. I just could see no way that any of this would ever end, as one suit slowed down the other one blazed up. The paperwork was overwhelming and frankly life was just not that satisfactory. I had to spend more time too sick to write articles and had to spend more and more time in bed, and my two beautiful yellow labs sensed something was going on and both would lie next to me for hours.
Yet Wilma Vicedomine continued to call to check on me… WHY??? There was nothing to get from me, so why did this “evil enemy” continue to call and seem concerned. At one time she said, “Rose I am not a monster, in times like this all of us must be humanitarians and that applies to me the big bad Wilma Vice.” I thought about it and had my doubts, and yet she continued to call. As my health went down she would encourage me to hold on and to say there would be a light at the end of the tunnel and I thought “yea sure”.
When O’Dell filed her Counter Complaint and began to serve people with subpoenas for video depositions it appeared to me that the tunnel became darker. Then came the day the Hang Out forum posts were sent to me by a “cyber angel” with the information of how to contact the Irish Server and get that information for Court if needed. Again an adversary but someone on the inside that just did not think this should be done to do a video deposition of someone sick or a private person as O’Dell began to look for others to take depositions. This adversary wanted nothing except to level the “playing field”, nothing more. By the way that new server that the Hang Out is once again trying to cloak itself in secrecy someone you “trust” is still among you and contacted me that although you think you are on a safe server in Italy. that server had a Designated Agent in the U. S. to serve for records of the newest “plans” and the ongoing mantra of getting other bloggers. I will never give up the name of this person because they asked me not to, they did not want to get dragged into this mess but they just thought it should be fair and that I should know they wanted a video for You Tube. You know who you are and I owe you, I will never forget your courage to send me that information and risk being ostracized by your “fellow secret bloggers”.
However back to Vicedomine when she next called to check on me she learned of those subpoenas and that they were asking for it to be on video, she sounded sincerely angry and told me to hold on and let her do some checking around. She kept calling me to check on my health, how strange is that??? Vicedomine sounded determined and sure enough she kept her promise waived being served with the papers for the lawsuit, and entered the case. She knew there would be costs to her in preparation and charges for an attorney. That did truly amazed me and then one night she called and said “Rose hang on, I am going to have my lawyer throw out both Stephens and O’Dell’s lawsuits, hang on I promise you I am not lying and I am going to do this”.
Today her lawyer took the lead in Court and she kept her promise, the cases were not severed, or just the Harris County people dismissed, or Stephens and O’Dell could battle it out. Vicedomine wanted to stop O’Dell in her tracks, all because someone sent me that “Hangout forum comments”. When I asked her why, her simple answerer was “it is just the right thing to do”. I got the impression it was a tad personal not with Stephens for Vicedomine but with O’Dell, go figure. Vicedomine says just as she is paying all of her legal fees, O’Dell has to pay all of her own costs including all three lawyers. Vicedomine is still checking to see if she can retrieve some of her legals costs, even if O’Dell is the only one with money to go after.
At the end of our talk today on the phone when I asked her for this interview, she wanted two things stressed, she did this because “it was the right thing to do” and she still maintains that Stephens does have a valid case, it just got out of hand and so it was stopped.
Was Vicedomine lying to me these months? Did she come to the aide of other bloggers that were being hunted down and subpoenaed for the fun of it? Did she do it because of the continued hunt for Lucky as the rumors and the Hang Out forum stated?
Those answers will remain a doubt in many minds, but what if for a few months personal battles were put aside and Vicedomine did this for my health because “it was the right thing to do”.
I am going to enjoy spring and contemplate that even behind a computer monitor; those we think are pure evil do surprise us. Now Wilma Vicedomine and I will return to being “Respectful Adversaries” but the kindness shown to me as my health failed because it was simply “The right thing to do” will stay with me for a very long time. Neither of us has changed our positions in the Harris County suit but she showed a great kindness and in my book she is a true humanitarian especially on the Tarrant County case.
UPDATE OF THE MEANING OF THE TERM IN THE COURT ORDER OF “All costs related to the claims are taxed against Plaintiff.” THAT IS NO RELATING TO ATTORNEYS FEES IT IS THE COURT COSTS (I. E. filing fees, service, etc.) THAT THE COURT INCURRED IT IS A COMMON TERM AND HAS LITTLE MEANING. SO EVERYONE IS PAYING THEIR OWN ATTORNEYS FEES, INCLUDING O’DELL FOR HER THREE LAWYERS
At Rose Speaks we try to present all sides as long as it is done with manners and using that gray matter between your ears, but this to me needed to be said this night that for the first time I enjoyed two cups of coffee.
By the way Ms. Contrary is NOT in the know as she wants all to think. If she says I am not sick or that I am not on dial-up perhaps she should contact Wilma, I think she will vouch for me. If you doubt this was a win for Wilma and a huge loss for Einy, again ask Wilma to spell that out for you very carefully and very slowly.
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March 11, 2010
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