Texas Tech Officials called fans and alumni nitwits and nuts in e-mails obtained by Dolcefino Consulting.
In the wake of an angry reaction to the firing of Coach Mike Leach, the University even investigated the financial support of angry fans before deciding how they would respond, if at all.
The e-mails paint a disturbing portrait of Chancellor, Kent Hance and Former Regent, Jerry Turner. Turner led the effort to fire leach. The University never completed the thorough investigation they promised, and now fight the release of the investigation they did do.
For the first time, Dolcefino Consulting has discovered some Leach documents may already have been destroyed. We discovered a shared drive with Leach communications that was created at the time of the PR disaster but, has since been destroyed.
The e-mails we have now obtained will not sit well with the Red Raider nation.
Like this one, sent by Linda Steele, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor to Kent Hance as angry fan e-mails started pouring in after the Coach Leach ouster.
“WILL WE HAVE SOME KIND OF A CANNED RESPONSE WE CAN SEND TO THESE NITWITS. IF THEY EVEN DESERVE A RESPONSE.”
Chancellor Hance kept most of the e-mails secret from the Board of Regents, but it is clear Hance had a dime view of alumni and fans who were complaining.
“DETAILS OF THE FIRING WAS FUELING THE “FLAME OF THE UNKNOWN AND UNEDUCATED.”
E-Mails show Tech officials literally spied on the history of outraged fans, just to see how much money they had given to the University.
Texas Tech has fought for months to keep many of the Leach records secret.
“These new e-mails should anger the Red Raider Nation,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.” We know Texas Tech lied to the fans about the Leach case, and now we know what they think of the fans and alumni. Apparently buying a ticket to a game or spending tens of thousands of dollars in tuition doesn’t earn fans the right to cry foul.”
Tech is also fighting release of e-mails between former Chancellor, Kent Hance and his former Chief of Staff, Jodey Arrington.
Arrington is now a West Texas Congressman. His office has refused to comment.
Instead he protected a fellow judge.
There are growing complaints in the 308 th District Court that Judge James Lombardino treats divorce lawyer Bobby King Newman differently than the other lawyers that practice in Lombardino’s court.
Campaign records already show Newman, his family and his firm contribute more money to Lombardino than they do to any other judge. Records also show Newman helps arrange fundraisers for
When Dolcefino Consulting revealed Newman was representing Lombardino’s son, David Lombardino, in his divorce, attorneys facing Newman in the 308 th began filing motions to recuse Judge Lombardino.
Newman has more than a dozen active cases in Lombardino’s court. There is no evidence Lombardino disclosed Newman was working for his son.
Neither the Judge or Newman has agreed to release the legal bills and payments from the Lombardino family.
Underwood has now denied a recusal motion filed by Houston Attorney Don Robinowitz. Underwood’s ruling argues that if a Judge can be “taken out of a case because of his relationship with the lawyer, then the lawyer would gain control of the courtroom.”
Exactly Judge Underwood.
“We are getting more complaints that Bobby Newman gets special treatment in Lombardino’s court,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, “The campaign practices of electing judges is troubling enough. Judge Lombardino should have known that the right thing to do was to disclose his relationship with Bobby Newman.”
Dolcefino Consulting has called on Newman and Lombardino to release the invoices and payments for the son’s divorce cases. Both have been silent.
“Let’s see how much Lombardino’s kid has paid for a normal 600 dollars per hour lawyer,” says Dolcefino, “If he is getting a discount, maybe it’s because he’s a great guy – not because he’s the son of a Judge who rules on dozens of cases involving Bobby Newman.”
Canon 2(A) of the Texas Code of Judicial Ethics requires that “A judge shall comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”
Lombardino’s failure to disclose his relationship with Bobby Newman does not promote public confidence in the judiciary.
Canon 3(D)(1) of the Texas Code of Judicial Ethics states that “A judge who receives information clearly establishing that another judge has committed a violation of this Code should take appropriate action.”
Underwood has not taken action. He should.
Judge Lombardino should disclose. Judge Underwood should want to investigate allegations of FAMILY INJUSTICE.
Judge Underwood remains the administrative Judge even though his term expired in April of 2016.
For more than two years the FBI has been probing evidence of fraud and campaign corruption in Cypress Creek EMS. The federal investigation includes a review of the campaigns of three safety commissioners in ESD #11 who are elected to police the multi-million-dollar ambulance contract.
Now we know the mounting cost of the FBI scandal.
Divorce cases shouldn’t last for years. There are more fireworks in the Sherry and Marek Menger divorce, already in the courts for two years.
A motion filed by Sherry Menger details the chain of events that have recently stalled the case. Menger wants the court to just grant the divorce already.
Who can blame her?
The court date to grant the divorce has already been postponed three times. The last time, Mr. Menger’s attorney, Mary Van Orman, didn’t even show up. She is the eleventh lawyer in the case on just one side. Van Orman couldn’t be present for the arbitration ordered by the judge on February 5, 2018 or any of the eight other dates provided by the arbitrator.
The final entry date is set for February 14, 2018, and Mary Van Orman says she can’t attend that court hearing either because of a protective order signed by another Judge.
Mary Van Orman was scheduled to be in trial on Valentine’s Day, helping attorney Bobby Newman represent David Frank Lombardino, the son of another family Judge James Lombardino.
The Lombardino divorce case is drawing scrutiny too. Newman has a lot of cases in Judge Lombardino’s court, and the Judge is facing ethical questions for not disclosing the divorce.
That is not the issue tomorrow. We checked the 257th District Court and they told us there is no Lombardino trial this week. If that’s true, then Mary Van Orman could make it. Judge Millard should make her.
Look Judges, these two, three, four or five-year divorce cases only make the lawyers rich. The same lawyers who fund judicial campaigns. It creates Family Injustice.
Hasn’t Sherry Menger waited long enough?
Texas Tech Alumni, Jodey Arrington was elected to represent Lubbock in the United States Congress in November 2016. For years prior however, the West Texas Congressman had been the right-hand man of Kent Hance, the former Chancellor at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech is now fighting to keep the public from seeing e-mails sent between Hance and Arrington during the 2009 investigation and firing of Texas Tech Football Coach Mike Leach.
Congressman Arrington refuses to discuss the Leach case, despite evidence Arrington was involved in the campaign to “dirty up” the famed football coach after fan outrage.
Dolcefino Consulting asked Texas Tech to turn over e-mails sent between Hance and Arrington about the Leach investigation. The University released just a handful of documents, including an e-mail sent by Lubbock television station General Manager Don Jackson at the time of the Leach firing.
“I hope I can someday say the actions were totally justified, but my viewers are angry,” Jackson wrote in an e-mail shared by Arrington to Kent Hance.
“Eight years after the firing, Texas Tech is hiding any e-mails sent between Hance and Arrington prior to the decision to suspend and fire Coach Leach,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “It’s time for the media in Lubbock to demand full transparency. What in the world are they hiding? I would think the Congressman would be demanding Tech release the e-mail record, so this doesn’t become a political problem for Arrington.”
There are growing calls tonight for Harris County Family Court Judge James Lombardino to step aside from some of the biggest divorce cases pending in his court.
An investigation by Dolcefino Consulting, that is being released on social media, reveals that the veteran Judge of the 308 th District Court has failed to disclose a serious conflict of interest
with powerful Houston divorce lawyer, Bobby King Newman.
Newman has more than a dozen active divorce cases pending in front of Lombardino, some involving the custody of children. Court documents obtained by the Houston based investigative communications firm also that show the high-price divorce attorney is representing Judge Lombardino’s son David, in his contentious divorce and custody battle.
On the eve of our our broadcasts, at least two Houston attorneys have formally asked Lombardino to recuse himself from divorce cases pending in his court.
In his request for Lombardino’s recusal, Houston attorney Don Robinowitz wrote “Is it worth the risk to the judiciary to have its legitimacy questioned and suffer a loss of public confidence?”
Robinowitz also cited a Texas law which requires that a judge rescue himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality may be reasonably questioned.
“Judge Lombardino had a duty to tell the mothers and fathers battling in his courtroom that Newman represents his son. Period,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
“People are fighting for their lives, fighting over their children. This is not a close call. Dozens of family cases in the Judge’s court are now tainted by bad judgement.”
Karen Avery’s attorney has also asked Lombardino to rescue himself from her case.
Avery believes rulings in her divorce case have been different since Bobby Newman began representing her soon-to- be-ex- husband in Lombardino’s court. She now wants an investigation by the Judicial Conduct Commission.
“It was just like we were stonewalled. My attorney and I were stonewalled, and we couldn’t get anything in Judge Lombardino’s court after Bobby Newman was hired,” says Avery.
Dolcefino Consulting has been hired by other victims of Family Injustice in recent months to investigate and expose conflicts of interest and possible abuses of power in the Harris County
Family Court system – a system long plagued by questions of proper ethics. The Houston based investigative communications firm has also been examining possible misconduct in the billing practices of some of Houston’s biggest divorce lawyers.
As part of our investigation, Dolcefino Consulting has also been reviewing campaign records. It is no secret that family lawyers provide most of the money for family court judges. Attorney
Newman, his family and his firm, have donated more than $100,00 to various judges.
However, Judge Lombardino is the biggest recipient of the Newman campaign cash. Newman has also hosted campaign events for the Judge.
Neither Bobby Newman, Judge Lombardino nor his son David Lombardino have responded to our requests for comment. Dolcefino Consulting has asked for invoices and evidence of payment to see if Newman has discounted his fees or provided free legal service to the Lombardino family.
“Judge Lombardino now has an ethical obligation to release these records,” says Dolcefino. “Bobby Newman charges $600.00 per hour. The public deserves to know if the Judge’s son is getting a special deal, and what that means for justice in Lombardino’s court.”
Dolcefino Consulting has been hired by a growing number of victims of family injustice who are filing complaints with the State Bar of Texas and the Judicial Conduct Commission.
Does Houston Community College (HCC) Board Member Adriana Tamez actually live in the house she claims? Taxpayers deserve an answer.
We are waiting for answers.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is now hiding answers too.
The DA’s Public Integrity Unit claims a complaint filed by Dolcefino Consulting against Tamez is unfounded. Kim Ogg claims the Unit did a thorough investigation.
Dolcefino Consulting is calling them out.
Did they even talk to Tamez? Did they review days of hidden camera video?
WE WANT THE TRUTH.
Maybe it’s not against the law anymore to live outside the neighborhoods you are supposed to represent. Maybe the sworn affidavit Tamez signed in 2015 doesn’t matter.
“Ms. Tamez has refused to tell voters where she lives,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, “If our video is an illusion, she should issue a statement about where she lives. District Attorney Kim Ogg has given the HCC cesspool the license to ignore the rights of voters. Shame.”
The DA letter to Tamez was shared with board members by one of their high-priced lawyers.
Taxpayers paid for that too.
DA Kim Ogg should recuse office
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg remains silent on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s illegal withholding of city e-mails sent on a private server. She has ignored our request for an interview.
“The idea that the District Attorney hasn’t already picked up the phone and told the Mayor to release the e-mails he is hiding is sad,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “The silence from Ms. Ogg is deafening. Taxpayers are watching. Mr. Turner is routinely conducting city business on an outside e-mail server and he’s hiding them.”
Dolcefino Consulting has filed a formal criminal complaint that Turner is hiding e-mail communications with Maya Ford, the Mayor’s goddaughter. Ford started a media firm called Ford Momentum, three days before Turner got elected and got a number of City Government related contracts. Ford also detailed allegations of ethical misconduct by the City Garbage Director in e-mails to the Mayor.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is already said to be reviewing the misuse of city e-mails by the now former Press Secretary, Darian Ward.
“It personally pains me to call her out. It is now time for Ms. Ogg to recuse her office and select a Special Prosecutor to investigate the transparency violations at City Hall,” says Dolcefino.
At least some of the e-mails the Mayor is hiding concern the scandal plagued recycling contract, won by Spanish Company, FCC. One of the biggest owners of FCC is George Soros, whose Political Action Committee contributed $250,000 to the Ogg campaign. Ogg has recused her office in other cases with much smaller political contributions involved.
“As someone who worked to helped get Ms. Ogg elected, I am personally and professionally disappointed she hasn’t lifted a finger to get City Hall to follow the law, Dolcefino said. “I have zero confidence, and I mean zero confidence in the Public Integrity Unit.
Some of the e-mails the City is illegally withholding have been kept from the public for more than a year. The Mayor has ignored repeated requests to let the sunshine in.
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Adriana Tamez is a District Trustee on the scandal plagued Houston Community College System. She is elected to represent particular neighborhoods in Southeast Houston District 3.
That’s why it SHOULD matter where she actually lives.
In early December, Dolcefino Consulting filed a criminal complaint with Kim Ogg’s office after verifying allegations Trustee Tamez was actually living in a high rise on Allen Parkway, outside the District she was elected to represent. The video evidence raised serious questions about a 2015 sworn affidavit Tamez signed when she ran for office.
We turned over video surveillance footage, utility records, marriage license application and a sworn affidavit from an employee of Dolcefino Consulting, who supervised the surveillance on Ms. Tamez. The DA’s office acknowledged our complaint by letter and never called us once to discuss it, even to question how we did the surveillance, or found the records.
After just six weeks, which included the long Christmas Holiday, the Chief of the Public Integrity Unit sent us a letter saying there was “insufficient evidence” for perjury or aggravated perjury charges, ignoring the question of where Tamez lives. There would be no grand jury. No strong message that it matters where you live.
Then HCC, through their expensive lawyers, shared with the HCC Board a totally different letter sent to Tamez from Integrity Chief Paula Hartman.
“After a THOROUGH review we find the allegation UNFOUNDED.
“I supervised the surveillance of Ms. Tamez and now demand to see this “thorough” investigation released to the public, says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “The Kim Ogg I know promised to take these kinds of cases to a grand jury. Now that her office has attacked the credibility of our complaint, let’s see what the DA’s office bothered to do before clearing this Democratic office holder.”
“I am ready to go the grand jury tomorrow and testify under oath. How about it Ms. Tamez, why don’t you come too, and tell the grand jury where you live”, says Dolcefino. “In the meantime, I challenge Tamez to look her constituents in the eye and tell them where she actually lives.”
HCC trustees have refused to investigate where Tamez lives. The District Attorney has now given them political cover to keep failing in their jobs to protect voters.
We are not surprised.
“A federal judge recently called HCC a cesspool. She was dead on. It is a government agency controlled by a political action committee that wants to make sure Adrian Tamez is there voting their way. It is shameful,” says Dolcefino. “It is more shameful that a Public Integrity Prosecutor would give them cover like this.”
Last week, the HCC Board voted to censure Trustee Dave Wilson, in part for hiring our firm to investigate the waste of taxpayer’s money at HCC. The investigation exposed rampant conflicts of interest and a gravy train for lawyers, but it also verified Wilson’s allegations that Tamez did not live where her sworn affidavit says she lives, certainly not now.
“If it doesn’t matter where politicians live, then let’s just say so. Folks from Kingwood can represent the third ward, and the West side can be represented by a guy who lives in Southeast Houston,” says Dolcefino. “Why don’t we stop pretending these sworn campaign statements mean anything.”
Dolcefino Consulting has also filed a criminal complaint in recent days against Mayor Sylvester Turner, who has been using a law firm server to conduct city business. Ogg has been silent. Instead, she should have already subpoenaed the records if the Mayor won’t turn them over.
Public Integrity matters, at least it should.District Attorney Correspondence re Tamez Complaint