No-Show, Deadbeat Merril
In addition to the Emack and Jeffs pleas on Thursday, there was also a hearing on Carolyn Jessop’s child support case against Merril Jessop. At least there was supposed to be. This is a little kooky ….
Merril agreed to pay child support back in September 2009, but he apparently had his fingers crossed when he told the Court that he agreed to the order. He has not paid a dime of child support … STILL. So, Carolyn filed a motion for contempt in an effort to enforce the order and get the child support for her kids. Here is the motion:
Only problem …. Merril lives in a well-guarded compound where he can’t be served. You can’t have a hearing on contempt if you can’t get the guy served. It wasn’t for lack of trying, however. After several attempts, Carolyn asked for an order allowing a different method of service. See below:
Fortunately for Carolyn, she is not limited to her attempts to collect from Merril, who is apparently determined to avoid paying child support despite his agreement and promise to the court. Since Merril apparently has plenty of money to pay attorneys (who typically keep a retainer accounts for their clients), it seems logical to seek payment from Merril’s attorneys out of Merril’s retainer accounts. So ….Amy Hennington and Gerald Goldstein were brought in as parties to this suit since they are both presumably in possession of money that belongs to Merril Jessop. Carolyn is entitled to have that money delivered to her to satisfy the outstanding child support that Merril owes. Below is the pleading that brought Amy and Goldie into the mix. It’s called “Turnover” and it is one method of enforcing a judgment.
So what happened on April 15 in court? Not much, except that Merril is one step closer to jail.
From sources present in the courtroom:
Merril didn’t show up, despite the fact that the judge had ordered him to appear, and despite the fact that his attorney received notice well in advance. Not surprisingly, Goldie didn’t show either. Amy Hennington did appear with her own attorney to help her resist turning over documents and Merril’s money.
The hearings have to be reset after Merril is served.
Was this some sort of victory for Merril? He dodged being held in contempt and jailed and he still hasnt paid any child support. It sounds like he outsmarted Carolyn, Malonis and Judge Walther (not to mention his kids), right? Not exactly. Judge Walther was not impressed with Merril’s antics, although not surprised. Judge Walther reminded Amy that her client was released on bond after he was indicted on a felony, and he still is awaiting trial. Walther explained that Merril’s bond is conditioned on Merril being available, and it is troubling that he cannot be located for civil process, even by his attorney. When Amy’s lawyer explained that Merril was a very busy man jetting back and forth to Utah and Arizona, Judge Walther indicated that if his bond allowed him to travel out of state, then maybe it ought to be modified so that Merril is not so unavailable. Walther also indicated that this kind of behavior will certainly be taken into account when the hearing goes forward and she does make an order.
Somewhat humorously, Walther also made the point that the Ranch was supposed to be just like any other gated community ….but for some reason it’s not a problem serving civil process on individuals living in other gated communities. Hmmmm.
The message behind the message: If Merril is so unavailable that he can’t be served, maybe he shouldnt be out on bond.
Perhaps there will be a bond revocation hearing in Merril’s near future? He won’t be able to dodge that one unless he intends to become a fugitive. Willie was in the courtroom and apparently thought this was a big victory for Merril and the FLDS. Poor Willie just doesn’t understand…..again. I have a feeling Carolyn Jessop and Natalie Malonis are not just going to roll over and give up.
*I feel like Medvecky getting the name of the convicted felony sexual offender wrong, but I ain’t claiming to talk to “the Ranch”. It’s corrected now 🙂