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Appeals court bounces judge in Dwyane Wade custody battle



An appeals court in Miami shot down Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade in his ongoing custody battle with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.

The Third District Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that it ruled against Wade in his attempt to have Funches, the mother of his two boys, mentally evaluated and her time with their children further reduced.

The court found that Funches’ videotaped protest against a court system that she believes is against her over the summer didn’t provide a sufficient reason to have her studied by a shrink.

Wade’s attorneys used tapes of the protest to allege that Funches is mentally unstable and a danger to others to support their attempt to limit her interaction with her sons.

Tuesday’s opinion: Funches was a woman “passionately voicing her views,” it reads.

What’s more, the appeals court also ordered the judge on the case, Antonio Marin, removed for siding with Wade and denying Funches “the most basic right of due process.”

Lisa Macci, Funches’ lawyer, saluted the appeals court’s decisions. She has claimed Marin was more star-struck than impartial.

“Justice prevailed,” Macci said. “I’m just happy the appeals court was not swayed by [Wade’s] celebrity status as law should not be.”

Evan Marks, Wade’s local attorney, didn’t return a call and email seeking comment.

Although Wade’s divorce has been final for three years, the aftermath of the case morphed into increasingly bitter court battles both in his native Chicago and South Florida, estimated to have cost Wade in excess of $10 million so far.

While Wade originally filed for divorce in 2008, issues pertaining to the custody of the boys were moved to Miami last year while financial issues remained under the jurisdiction of a Chicago judge.

Funches’ protest was staged in front of the downtown Chicago courthouse.

Judge Marin, meanwhile, has made big news for strange court rulings in the past.

Two years ago, the judge signed off on Palm Beach County polo mogul and DUI killer John Goodman’s adoption of his grown girlfriend in an attempt to dip into trust funds only available to his children.

Marin didn’t return calls for comment about the Wade ruling.

Tv news

Freshly divorced NBC6 weather specialist Jennifer Gray has rebounded quite nicely with a hunk from The Weather Channel — even though former Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson was more than willing to alleviate her divorce pains!

Sources at WTVJ tell Gossip Extra that Gray, who quit her husband of just over a year after he came down with cancer, has been hooking up for several months with Chris Warren, co-host of the nightly Weather Center.

The 32-year-old brunette weekend weathercaster, who reclaimed her maiden name after working under her married name of Jennifer Reeves, was officially divorced in a Broward County court in May.

Johnson then showered her with text messages to ask her out, but she ended up with the Atlanta-based Warren.

Gray recently put up a photo on Facebook of side-by-side TV screens showing both her and Warren and wrote: “It’s not everyday you are on air at the exact same time as your boyfriend.. On two different stations!!”

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