Today I (Modemac) wrote an email to Magdalen, asking how things were going and looking to see if she was going to lay her case to rest. She wrote back, saying there have been some new developments in the case. These new developments have caught everyone completely off guard.
I’m talking The Twilight Zone here.
For legal reasons, I obviously can’t go into too many details, becase there are other parties involved in this. Basically, some time last week, Jeff was in a car accident involving a brick wall, a lot of alcohol, and another passenger – NOT MAGDALEN’S SON, praise “Bob.” Because of past incidents involving him and at least one other DUI, he is now facing at least two felonies, a misdemeanor, and three traffic charges – which, combined, could land him in jail for up to eleven years.
All of this means that, due to the sudden extreme circumstances, Magdalen has temporary custody of her son at this time. There will be a new custody hearing in the middle of August. Jeff’s criminal hearing will be in September, but that is an entirely different matter.
BUT, that’s not the strangest thing to happen here.
JUDGE PUNCH IS BACK ON THE CASE.
He literally took the case out of Judge Adams’ docket and inserted himself in. He is now handling the case once again, however because of everything that has happened, he is apparently viewing the case in an entirely different light.
Magdalen is hopeful though apprehensive, for obvious reasons. She wants to appeal the ruling barring her from keeping SubGenius materials in her home, on Constitutional grounds.
Magdalen writes: “”Anyway, it turns out that we can pursue both a new appeal and this new county-level case simultaneously, so I would like to try to do that, but I would need $5,000 in new money to start the appeal, plus the $11,000 I’ve racked up in charges for the original appeal and filing these things. My lawyer has agreed to work for half his normal rate, though, because he is so angry about all this.”
There’s a little more to this, but this is all I’m at liberty to say. Magdalen doesn’t want to leave everyone hanging here, and we want you to know what’s going on. However, for more concrete details, we will need to hear directly from her.
Magdalen is still desperately in need of funds. Even though we all thought it was over, apparently we have entered yet another phase.
(Speaking personally, I’m sorry that this development has occurred, as I would have been satisfied if Magdalen’s son was returned to her through the legal system rather than a sudden act of chance. But the most important person involved is her son, and I for one am at least comforted by the fact that she is able to help him recover from this tragedy, for now.)
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July 24, 2007 at 1:26 pm
Wow, that was fast — it’s nice to know someone else is interested in keeping tabs on this affair. Thank you for your interest.
I’m expecting some idiot to come out of the woodwork and proclaim this latest turn of events to be the result of karma, a “sympathy spell” or ritual cast on Magdalen’s behalf, or (worst of all) the “rule of three.” That’s the Wiccan belief that anything bad you do will come back to hit you, three times over.
July 24, 2007 at 1:41 pm
Well, if it were me I’d want the resolution to include the courts having the sanity to just give Magdalen her son back without the need for a car wreck (and let’s face it, drunk driving is clearly human folly and not divine intervention). So if this is ritual intervention, it’s damn poor. And Punch being back on the case is not good news.
July 24, 2007 at 4:04 pm
If spooky magic spells worked, none of Rev. Magdalen’s legal problems would have occured in the first place.