Houston Lawyer Sues His Fortune Teller Over Marital Reunification Ritual and Money “Cleansing”

220px-John_William_Waterhouse_-_The_Crystal_BallHouston bankruptcy and family law attorney Michael Busby Jr. has filed a rather curious lawsuit on his own behalf (and those of more than 100 people) for alleged fraud by a fortune teller. Busby claims that he gave fortune teller Melena Thorn $2,700 in a box for “cleansing” that she never returned to be part of a husband-wife reunification ritual. (The money was to be placed under the “marital bed” to bring about happier relations). Busby claims also to have paid Thorn $30 for a tarot card reading and $500 for the ritual. Many would be rather embarrassed to participate in such supernatural services, but Busby is taking Thorn to court under a claim of fraud.

In this case, Busby has a viable claim for fraud if cash was not returned, though it would be interesting to see what records exist of the transaction. Thorn says that he never gave her the money. Moreover, I am not sure why this is not a criminal case if the money was taken. Moreover, I am highly skeptical of the class action aspect since I fail to see how commonality could be maintained in such a class unless a court were to establish a chump class to fit the case.

Busby says that he has used fortune tellers to “give me an edge” in the past and wanted to use a husband-wife reunification ritual to help him in his personal life. Busby has brought claims under not just fraud but breach of contract and violation of Texas consumer law. He is seeking $1 million in damages and an injunction.

The defendants include Psychic Love Spell Center and World Psychic Solutions, both of Houston; Thorn, also known as Christine Mitchell; and Christine Nicholas, Dillon Nicholas, and Sonny Nicholas.

Thorn has site that warns “My gifts are not for the light hearted.” She does not exactly hold back in promising results:

I’ve been helping to solve impossible cases and help perform miracles through-out the world for over 28 years. Specializing in helping to reunite lovers, removal of all bad luck, bad spirits, and/or negativity in marriages, love, luck and in your home. With using ESP (Extrasensory Perception), enables me to provide my clients with all the proper answers, guidance and solutions to help all problem areas in life.

By the way, the site also features a medal as “#1 Love Spell Expert.” I am not sure of how one gets accredited for love spell but it was good enough to get Busby in the door.

Busby however is certainly under no current spells or delusions. His Complaint states that “Plaintiff will show that more than 100 people have been defrauded by this family and/or business in the last 4 years.”

We have previously discussed the prosecution of fortune tellers as well as the crackdown on sorcerers in Muslim countries. Mystics are finding themselves targeted in the United States as well in recent weeks. In New York and Florida, clairvoyants have been prosecuted for fraud and some cities and states are moving to ban soothsaying. I have been critical of these efforts as problematic under free speech and the free exercise guarantees of the Constitution. As we discussed earlier, there are many fools who are easy to part with their money. For example, well-known romance novelist Jude Deveraux paid psychic Rosa Marks about $17 million over 17 years and later testified against her in a fraud trial in Florida. She says that she was duped into believing that Marks could transfer the spirit of Deveraux’s dead 8-year-old son into another boy’s body and reunite them. Putting aside Deveraux’s willingness to use another boy for such a transfer, she is an adult who decided to pay for the supernatural service. She now says “[w]hen I look back on it now, it was outrageous. I was out of my mind.” Well, yes, yes you were, but why is that a crime because someone sold you on a fantasy? A casino can take the same amount in gambling without recourse and a church can take it on the promise that she will be rewarded in the afterlife by reuniting with her son.

The Busby case will likely come down to more mundane showings of proof that the money was handed over to the psychic and precisely what was promised. He cannot sue for any failure of reunification with his wife, though I would not expect that giving thousands of dollars to a fortune teller will improve relations. The money would constitute a straight-forward case of conversion or fraud if he can prove it. In the meantime, it is unclear how the admission of participating in such rituals will affect his practice. Most people prefer lawyers to use their skills to “given them an edge” not a fortune teller who advertises as a “severe case specialist” and “love potion expert.”

Busby’s firm bio states that he received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996 and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law. It also stated that he “has been faithfully married for 18 years and is the proud father of two daughters, Viktoria and Hannah Busby and father of Willam Maximus “Billy Max” Busby.”

I have tried to find a copy of the complaint, but perhaps one of our Texas regulars can find it and share it with us.

Source: ABA Journal

46 thoughts on “Houston Lawyer Sues His Fortune Teller Over Marital Reunification Ritual and Money “Cleansing””

  1. I think the point he’s trying to get across is that if they took advantage of him in an emotional state of mind believing something good would come of it and soon realized there nothing but scam artist preying on the emotionally weak minded then how many other people have become victims

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  3. The central weakness in this case is damages. How can damages be reasonably and reliably be measured? Mere dissatisfaction with the defendants’ fortune telling services or complaints with the BBB do not comport with the rigorous standards that must be met to fairly calculate damages in a class action.

  4. The court of public opinion has convened based on a three paragraph article and one 45 second interview. To the reader of the comments, sound bites based cliff notes is what you see. I have posted the work up of the case, updates, logistics and the complaint http://busby-lee.com/familylawblog/houston-lawyer-busby-sues-fortune-teller/ . The business is believed to have both California and Texas offices. The suit is currently active in Texas State court and if you are a resident of California, I may be able to help. Texas and Houston residents, I have stuck my chin out there and they are taking swings at me. If you need help with this family, now is the time to come forward.

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  6. From wiki.
    Schadenfreude Listeni/ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/ (German: [ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏdə]) is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.[1] This word is a loanword from German. The literal English translation is ‘Harm-Joy’. It is the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune. It is also borrowed by some other languages.

    There is no one here that is perfect.

    It took me 30 years to figure out there are no “Gods of Gambling”.
    I appealed to them often, and was denied their fortune smiles many times more than “Blessed” by them. …… My devotion blinded me to the futility, the waste, of time and effort I piddled away.

    Beware your choice of Gods and Poison, they are most disguised by ourselves.

  7. BBB is such an old tool. Social media is what people really use to review a company. Yelp, Avvo, Google+, Facebook, Angie’s list etc.. I don’t see much else out there for these guys but they use so many names how do you nail down the review that will either scare you or close you on the service? Who knows? The bottom line is that this lawyer looks pretty clean and the company does not… I know who I believe.

  8. Mr. Busby:

    I am curious. In the link you provided of the BBB website where it shows this business received an F rating why did you chose to participate in their servies?

  9. I know here in Florida there are very strict fraud laws the biggest being “implied merchantability”. No matter what you believe or don’t believe you can be a victim of fraud. I’m sure lots of lawyers pray before they go to trial as well. How is this different? Like the Bud Light commercial says, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work”. Maybe it works for him… jmo

  10. Thank you all for your criticism and words of encouragement. I see the learned professor has a colorful following. But how is it that so many can be non-believers when you give predictions about future events? I am going to be a judge? The learned professor has not read the complaint, nor is there any evidence he has studied Texas law but but can give a “educated” opinion about the possibility of future events? Yes, I have become more superstitious in the last 2 years. I got through law school by keeping my noise in the books and studying. I have no political ambitions, thus no plans to be judge and did not set up the psychic for a lawsuit.

    Happy Holidays to the professors flock.

    Mike Busby

  11. Maybe the fortune teller can claim she did in fact cleanse the money. She cleaned out his deposit.

  12. somewhere Michael Busby sr. is saying (like jacky gleason’s sheriff buford t justice) “there is no way you are from my loins”.

  13. lottakatz, I hate to admit that my mind went in a completely different direction (: but “oh yeah” about the whole divorce thing. (Thanks for the laugh.)

  14. AP, LOL, yes. But marital can end up martial more easily than one might suspect as anyone that has dealt with a divorce may know. 🙂

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