Couple Sues on Baseless Lies

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Sep 12, 2009
 
Leshers sue for ‘baseless lies’
Couple say their reputations hurt by rape allegation
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette -Published: 09/11/2009

Local attorney Mark Lesher and his wife, Rhonda, have filed a civil lawsuit alleging the woman who accused them of raping her is guilty of malicious prosecution.

A jury acquitted the couple in January. However, the Leshers want their accuser, Shannon Coyel of Clarksville, Texas, to pay for their “besmirched” reputations, the legal expenses they incurred defending themselves, the harm that came to their businesses and the “severe emotional distress” they’ve had to endure.

“She needs to accept responsibility,” Mark Lesher said.“She put us through all of this on baseless lies.”

Shannon Coyel could not be reached for comment, but her husband, Jerry Coyel, described the case as “another fictitious lawsuit,” before saying he couldn’t speak further.

The Coyels’ lawyer, Wes Tidwell of Paris, Texas, declined to comment.

A response to the lawsuit hasn’t been filed.

Mark Lesher said he and his wife have sold their Clarksville ranch because they can no longer afford to keep it up in light of their staggering legal bills and reduced incomes.

Rhonda Lesher operated a day salon in Clarksville when the couple was arrested in March 2008. Mark Lesher practiced law in Texarkana and Clarksville. The couple now live in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

Coyell accused the Leshers and Robert McCarver of drugging and sexually assaulting her in July 2007.

“Val Varley (the county attorney for Red River County) presented (Coyel’s) accusations to the grand jury relying solely on her testimony. There was never any substantive investigation into the allegations by Val Varley or by anyone in his office,” said the complaint filed Aug. 31 in Collin County.“In fact, neither of the plaintiffs was ever interviewed by anyone in law enforcement prior to trial.”

No physical evidence was presented during the trial that would have supported Shannon Coyel’s outcry of rape, which was made months after the assault allegedly took place.

The case was moved to Collin County because of pretrial publicity.

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Sep 12, 2009
 
“Upon cross-examination, plaintiffs learned counsel proved the defendant had fabricated the entire story through ... proof that she had purchased items from department stores on the days she claimed to be unable to leave the defendant’s property,” the suit said.“This withering cross-examination revealed numerous instances of perjury as well as several ulterior motives for lying about the assault (including retaliation for testimony given in a child custody hearing ...).”

In previous interviews, the Leshers said they tried to help Shannon Coyel when she and her husband had marital problems. Jerry Coyel was attempting to gain custody of her two children, including a teen girl.

Rhonda Lesher testified in custody hearings that she’d witnessed inappropriate conduct by Jerry Coyel with the girl.

Mark Lesher arranged for an attorney to represent Shannon Coyel in criminal cases and in custody matters.

Robert McCarver was romantically involved with Shannon Coyel before she reconciled with Jerry Coyel.

But the damages the Leshers allege they’ve suffered don’t consist solely of Shannon Coyel’s accusations of sexual assault.

“Beginning in March 2008 and continuing almost daily thereafter, pseudonymous users began an extensive campaign to defame the plaintiffs on www.topix.com ,” the complaint said.“This effort appears to be directly related to the accusations made by Shannon Coyel.”

Topix is an interactive news bulletin Website that allows visitors to comment and converse virtually on any subject anonymously using screen names. The site headlines itself “Your Town. Your News. Your Take” and offers forums for local communities.

More than 25,000 comments were posted about the Leshers beginning around the time of their indictments.

The unidentified posters accused the couple of spreading disease, bizarre and illegal sexual conduct and more.

Earlier this year the couple filed a suit in Tarrant County, Texas, where many of the more offensive comments allegedly originated, naming 178 screen names attached to the slanderous posts.

To get the true identities, the Leshers’ attorney, William Demond of Austin, subpoenaed information from Topix that is being used to trace the screen names.

Since then, the Leshers have unearthed the origin of at least one Internet Protocol address attached to slanderous posts. Its source is allegedly an office in Fort Worth owned by Jerry Coyel at Apache Iron Metal & Auto Salvage.

The Internet suit has now been amended to include Apache Iron & Metal, Jerry Coyel, his brother James Coyel, Shannon Coyel and two employees of Apache: Charlie Doescher and Pat Doescher.

In a July interview, Jerry Coyel said he doesn’t believe the comments came from his business computers. He also denied ever posting on Topix and said he believes the posters are “people who have nothing to do.”

“It’s childish,” Jerry Coyel said in the July interview.“Maybe they’re in a nursing home. It seems like a bunch of extremely not very intelligent people are on there.”
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Interesting case: We would all be wise to learn from it.
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Sep 12, 2009
 
We will know soon if they are in a nursing home or not...Wonder if Wounded or hellcat is in a nursing home?
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Sep 12, 2009
 
That kind of porno was not childish either. How silly...It was very adult.
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That kind of porno was not childish either. How silly...It was very adult.
Maybe to You.
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Sep 12, 2009
 
X RAted. Do you understand filth, dirty, pornographing writings?

Please don't tell me you lost your mind also... It's sad people were not immunized with good teachings from their parents.

Maybe the judge can explain it to you if you don't understand.
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Sep 12, 2009
 
Pornographic means impure, dirty, filthy, lewd, disgusting, smutty, offensive and it was truly all of that. Don't know how you can argue that!

If you don't know these terms now, maybe, just maybe the judge can explain it to you.

We had to teach Wounded to spell and now you don't understand what filth, slander, libel and all that is. I don't want to talk to you anymore. This is just an act. That is all there is to it. You know better.
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We will know soon if they are in a nursing home or not...Wonder if Wounded or hellcat is in a nursing home?
Wounded is the only one to step forward stupid!
Wounded has an opinion. They haven't changed that opinion yet.
Just as we have such a good DA and his children. ;'(
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Ruth Less wrote:
Interesting case: We would all be wise to learn from it.
I've learned we all have a right to an opinion!
I've also learned that the large attorney's and DA's don't always win.
That is what I've learned from the day my child died.
It has not one thing to do with these people.
I have an opinion!
They just have to deal with the way I feel or take me to court.
As my post said OPINION!
I've proved the truth in the death of my child over and over.
I could care less about these people.
They are still breathing aren't they?
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Wounded wrote:
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I've learned we all have a right to an opinion!
I've also learned that the large attorney's and DA's don't always win.
That is what I've learned from the day my child died.
It has not one thing to do with these people.
I have an opinion!
They just have to deal with the way I feel or take me to court.
As my post said OPINION!
I've proved the truth in the death of my child over and over.
I could care less about these people.
They are still breathing aren't they?
The only thing you have proven is that you are an idiot no more no less.JMO!!!! HA HA HA HA
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The only thing you have proven is that you are an idiot no more no less.JMO!!!! HA HA HA HA
We will see!
HA! HA!
I feel for them.
I read all the crap about the herpies of the eye ball and all.
That is what I fear from Johnson.
Some eye fungus!

I do know it does exist.

I don't know about the many, but I have evidence of being molested by a nasty prosthetic eye!
No telling who it had touched that morning.
Or any other day as far as that goes. ;'(
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The only thing you have proven is that you are an idiot no more no less.JMO!!!! HA HA HA HA
Come to think of it I did prove enough to make history in the state of Texas by removing a liar JP from office in the corrupt county of cAss.

I helped remove the useless DA Randy Lee from office in cAss county by seeing the people and talking them into voting him out.

I proved that the county of cAss is incompetent and corrupt.
Nothing was ever done.
We will see what happens to Lockhart for abusing his office.
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Come to think of it I did prove enough to make history in the state of Texas by removing a liar JP from office in the corrupt county of cAss.
I helped remove the useless DA Randy Lee from office in cAss county by seeing the people and talking them into voting him out.
I proved that the county of cAss is incompetent and corrupt.
Nothing was ever done.
We will see what happens to Lockhart for abusing his office.
Them only thing you have proven as far as the reading on Topix goes is that you are connected to every law enforcement officer within hundreds of miles around and you know everything about anything and that is not much.
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Sep 14, 2009
 
"The only thing you have proven so far" meant to say. Just a typo.
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"The only thing you have proven so far" meant to say. Just a typo.
You are too da*n stupid to know anything you meant to say! Geez!
Looks like I've got me another butt sucker! ;')
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Wounded wrote:
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Come to think of it I did prove enough to make history in the state of Texas by removing a liar JP from office in the corrupt county of cAss.
I helped remove the useless DA Randy Lee from office in cAss county by seeing the people and talking them into voting him out.
I proved that the county of cAss is incompetent and corrupt.
Nothing was ever done.
We will see what happens to Lockhart for abusing his office.
First problem is you trying to think, you've proven you can't do that. You will not go in any history books so you have made no history and a JP in Case County was not the first to leave office so again you trying to think. I am sure that your little self did not get Randy Lee voted out of office. If you had that much power then we would not have all these folks in office you keep complaining about would we. Just goes to show you can't get anyone voted out of office or you would have done it by now. If you had proved Cass County was as corrupt as you say then something would have been done but you have proven nothing to anyone. Just little ole you looking in the mirror wishing you were important and you see that you are not. You and HC still meeting on SL on Thursday's? HA HA HA and you say you don't know each other, Yea Right. You have proven one thing and that as we all know is that you know nothing!! HA HA HA HA JMO and LMAO!!!!
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First problem is you trying to think, you've proven you can't do that. You will not go in any history books so you have made no history and a JP in Case County was not the first to leave office so again you trying to think. I am sure that your little self did not get Randy Lee voted out of office. If you had that much power then we would not have all these folks in office you keep complaining about would we. Just goes to show you can't get anyone voted out of office or you would have done it by now. If you had proved Cass County was as corrupt as you say then something would have been done but you have proven nothing to anyone. Just little ole you looking in the mirror wishing you were important and you see that you are not. You and HC still meeting on SL on Thursday's? HA HA HA and you say you don't know each other, Yea Right. You have proven one thing and that as we all know is that you know nothing!! HA HA HA HA JMO and LMAO!!!!
I think you want to make love with me!
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Citizens Journal, Atlanta, Texas

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

New law utilized in Pyle resignation
Citizens Journal, Atlanta, Texas

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

New law utilized in Pyle resignation

By CHARLEY HARRIST
Journal Editor

The negotiated settlement with former Cass County Justice of the Peace Tilman Pyle with the state Commission of Judicial Conduct which called for him to resign his post was one of the first applications of a new law enacted by the Texas legislature last session.

Commission Executive Director Margaret Reeves said Monday Pyle agreed to resign his job as Cass County JP rather than face possible disciplinary actions by the Commission.

This saved the taxpayers the expense of possible litigation and further investigation of the matters before the Commission, Reeves said.

Pyle signed his letter of resignation on Oct. 16, 2001, some 22 days after he resigned before the Cass County Commissioners Court, saying at the time his resignation was because the county did not pay him enough.

But the Commission in a release last week said Pyle resigned as part of a negotiated settlement after Commission investigators looked into allegations made against Pyle back in September of 2000 by a Texarkana couple, Steve and Lynn Jones.
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The Joneses accused Pyle of misconduct in his ruling on the death of their son, Steven Jones II. Jones died back in June of 2000 of what would prove to be a methamphetamine overdose. Pyle had earlier ruled he died from a "seizure of unknown etiology."

The file on the Pyle investigation is closed and confidential and the details of the Commission's findings therefore could not be released, Reeves said.

Reeves said the press release last Monday by the Commission was not a public reprisal against Pyle.

"Previously we could dismiss the charges, issue a private reprimand or issue a public reprimand," Reeves said. "The new law enables us to negotiate with judges without incurring the time or expense of litigation."

Reeves said the Commission is not empowered to fine or sentence a judge and that the strongest remedy at the Commission's disposal is the removal of a judge from office.

The negotiated settlement provided a vehicle to do that with Pyle without having to seek his removal, Reeves said.

Pyle in a response to the Commission back in November of 2000 denied all allegations made against him by the Joneses. The former JP has declined all invitations to talk with the Journal about the matter back when it occurred and since the settlement.

Asked if the investigation substantiated the Jones' claims against Pyle, Reeves said she could not comment as the matter is confidential.

Asked what the procedure is for all allegations made against a judge or JP that cannot be substantiated, Reeves said it is carried before the Commission and the Commission dismisses it.

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