Associate Judge Mary Brown soon takes the bench, subbing for Garcia to hear the terms of the settlement, which essentially drops the contempt charges against Robert in exchange for him surrendering all the data he possesses on his clients, and the computer program his father built to read and manipulate that data. Brown quickly realizes that this is no ordinary contempt hearing. "It's not a mom and a dad and some child support," Brown says. "This is something different."

"They have now produced everything," Graham assures Brown. The war, it seems, is finally over.

Outside the courtroom, Bob reflects on his son's decision to sue the attorney general over the consent issue, seeing that as what motivated the OAG to force his son out of business. "If you're gonna shoot at the king, you better goddamn well kill him," he says.

Robert O’Donnell (sitting) and family lawyer Bo Brown spent more than 22 years collecting child
support payments in the now vacant downtown McKinney office of Guardian Ad Litem.
Mark Graham
Robert O’Donnell (sitting) and family lawyer Bo Brown spent more than 22 years collecting child support payments in the now vacant downtown McKinney office of Guardian Ad Litem.
Joshua Maydon displays a photo of his young daughter, whom he claims doesn’t receive his child
support payments on time from the OAG, even though his wages are garnisheed.
Mark Graham
Joshua Maydon displays a photo of his young daughter, whom he claims doesn’t receive his child support payments on time from the OAG, even though his wages are garnisheed.

But it doesn't seem as though Robert is ready to stop firing. He later says he may file wrongful prosecution, prosecutorial misconduct and harassment charges against Greg Abbott. "We're going to review them all and pick the one that we're going to be the most successful in pursuing, or perhaps pursue them all."

While he expresses relief that this chapter in his life is over, O'Donnell says it soured him on government and the judicial system. "I don't think what happened to us is right, and I don't think the attorney general of Texas should be able to go on a personal vendetta against individuals," he argues. "They shouldn't be allowed to use their power in an unjust way."

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