Has there ever been a more ridiculous divorce case in Houston's history? The Michael Brown versus Rachel Brown divorce case has dragged along for years. Along the way, we've seen domestic violence accusations and acquittals. We've seen a herpes lawsuit brought by a third party, per the Houston Chronicle. We've had a celebrity tied into the case.
Mr. Brown even sued Mrs. Brown for allegedly attempting to destroy his business.
Much like the alleged herpes, this case just won't go away. Now, the lawyers are getting in on the feuding. According to the Chronicle, Mrs. Brown's attorney, also named Brown, allegedly used obscene and derogatory language to describe the female attorneys representing Mr. Brown.
Included in the accusations are that Marshall Davis Brown, Esq. suggested that one attorney might be working for an “escort service” and asked another if she wanted him to “examine her breasts for lumps.” There’s more, but you get the point.
Mr. Brown’s legal team is requesting that Brown, Esq. pay sanctions and the money go towards the Houston Area Women’s Center.
Brown, Esq. responded to the allegations by stating that most of the comments were made to other male counsel, not directly to his female counterparts. Is he saying that it’s not his fault because he said the insults to the dudes and that it’s the other dudes’ fault for tattling?
He also asserted his First Amendment right to use whatever language he wishes outside of the courtroom. He wants the court to order sanctions against Mr. Brown’s legal team for wasting the court’s time.
Courts can order sanctions for violations of ethical conduct or violations of court rules. Typically, these sanctions are only ordered in extreme cases where violations are willful.
It does seem that no matter who wins this round, everyone is losing. The parties are paying their attorneys to insult each other. The attorneys’ professional reputations are being dragged through the mud.
It’s a bad time for everyone.
- Find a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
- Pregnant Man Thomas Beatie Films Abusive Wife; Fuel For Divorce? (FindLaw’s Houston Family Law Blog)
- Manhattan Woman Sues Michael Brown for Giving Her Herpes (FindLaw’s New York Personal Injury Law Blog)
- Domestic Violence (FindLaw’s Learn About the Law)