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Houston attorney Alan Daughtry

Alan Daughtry

The war to silence public criticism of the corrupt Houston family court system has taken a new turn.

Houston lawyer Alan Daughtry filed a motion in one controversial divorce case, accusing Dolcefino Consulting of trying to improperly influence court decisions.

Daughtry even accused us of a crime – Texas Penal Code 36.04: Improper Influence.

“It is well known that Dolcefino advertises his consulting services in order to intimidate Judges in whose courts his client’s cases are pending”, says Daughtry.

Daughtry filed the motion in the Avery- Rodriguez case, a nasty divorce where the entire financial estate of the couple has literally disappeared in legal fees during the long fight.

“I confess. We interviewed both Karen Avery and Orlando Rodriguez for our investigation of Family Injustice,” said Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino
Consulting.

The interviews have been broadcast on our website www.dolcefino.com. and our increasingly popular Facebook Page Dolcefino Consulting. Last week our videos reached 125,000 people. (Advertisement)

Now let us remind our viewers why we have this bizarre idea that folks actually have a right to know what happens in public courtrooms. Lawyers and judges aren’t untouchable. They are not beyond reproach. They don’t get a free pass in the battle against public corruption. People have a right to expect everyone is working to end these horrible fights as quickly as possible. When judges and attorneys stall divorce cases for the purposes of padding their bank accounts and campaign coffers, the public has a right to know.

“These things are happening far too often. Mr. Rodriguez filed a criminal complaint against his wife’s lawyer Jared Woodfill, for misusing money. That criminal investigation is ongoing,” says Dolcefino, “Judge James Lombardino presided over the divorce case and never bothered to mention that Rodriguez’s lawyer Bobby Newman was also representing the Judge’s son in his own divorce. It is a small world after all and the people who vote for these judges and will hire these lawyers deserve to know about it.”

Never heard of Mr. Daughtry? He’s one of Bobby Newman’s buddies and handles a lot of appeals for Newman. Newman filed a criminal complaint against our company in recent months and last week Dolcefino Consulting was cleared of any wrong doing.

Stayed tuned folks – we have yet to talk about the latest malpractice case against Newman.

We also noticed amateurish folks following Dolcefino Consulting a few months ago, even watched cars doing surveillance on President Wayne Dolcefino, at his home.

“I hate to remind these folks, but I did surveillance on public officials for a long time, so I am not stupid,” says Dolcefino.

We also know Newman hired investigator (and friend of his daddy) Rob Kimmons to get the District Attorney to investigate us. A special prosecutor told us.

“If Mr. Daugherty is mad because people hire my investigative media consulting firm to fight for transparency, to expose lawyers who bankroll judges, to make sure conflicts of interests are disclosed, and to make sure lawyers don’t bleed their clients, then I plead guilty,” says Dolcefino, “Whine me a river!”

Mary Van Orman

Mary Van Orman

Who needs reality TV when you have attorney Mary Van Orman around the courthouse?

Unfortunately for the controversial hometown lawyer, her latest stall game is finally over.

The Woodlands attorney had been in court last week to argue for a new trial in the Sherry and Marek Menger divorce case. Judge Lisa Millard finally denied Van Orman’s motion for a new trial and brought an end to the case.

It’s been a long time coming.

Van Orman is now becoming infamous in our Family Injustice investigation for her strange behavior in this unending legal dispute.

It’s plain wrong these divorce cases are taking so long to end. The divorce of Sherry and Marek Menger was essentially over on February 27, 2018 when the final hearing took place in Judge Lisa Millard’s court.

The petition for divorce was granted almost a year ago on September 29, 2017.

Here comes Van Orman, maintaining her client deserved a new trial because she couldn’t be in court when the divorce was done, instead arguing by phone, claiming she had to be in another court.

Van Orman, the attorney for Marek Menger, then wasted more than six months of her client’s time and his money trying to revive the case.

The hearing for the final order was reset eight times, and five of those were by Van Orman herself.

We think Van Orman needs a better calendar.

Van Orman is obviously taking notice of our investigation. She issued a subpoena to Dolcefino Consulting President Wayne Dolcefino, hoping to prove we had been secretly hired by Sherry Menger to do stories on poor Mary.

“She shoots. She misses,” says Dolcefino Consulting President Wayne Dolcefino. “I have never met Sherry Menger in my life, but if Miss Van Orman really wants to talk to me she can stop pretending she’s on the phone talking to the invisible rabbit every time I try to interview her, and sit down for a long chat on camera about her troubling courtroom behavior and how she thinks acting like that helps her clients.”

Who needs reality TV when you have Mary Van Orman?

Houston family lawyers hired a private investigator to launch a criminal probe against Dolcefino Consulting.

A special prosecutor has now cleared Wayne Dolcefino, President of investigative media consulting company Dolcefino Consulting, of any wrongdoing. A letter from the special prosecutor identifies one of the lawyers who tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to retaliate against the widening work to expose injustice in Houston’s family courts.

In the letter from Special Prosecutor Stephen Aslett, pricey Houston divorce lawyer Bobby Newman is identified as the main lawyer who asked private investigator Rob Kimmons to try and dig up dirt on the company.

“I have a message for Mr. Newman and the group of ‘anonymous attorneys’ who paid for this failed hit job,” says Dolcefino. “What I have witnessed in our family courts is nothing short of disgusting. Innocent and unsuspecting people are getting dragged through years of family law hell as a direct result of your greed.”

The Family Injustice investigation has brought a number of clients to the firm, wanting help in exposing attorneys and judges who fail to disclose possible conflicts of interest in open court. Those conflicts of interest range from large donations to judicial campaigns to undisclosed personal relationships between the attorneys and the judge.

“I have been under surveillance for months because my investigative consulting firm has been hired by victims of this corrupt family court system to help expose injustice. Follow me all you want but that doesn’t change that that is what we do. People hire us to investigate injustice and if appropriate expose it to the public,” says Dolcefino.

Dolcefino Consulting has documented a multitude of horror stories from the Harris County Family Courts. The most recent is the case of Marcelle Guimaraes, who fled to Brazil with her son after the Harris County Family Courts failed to protect her from her abusive then-husband. Judge James Lombardino presided over that case. The Guimaraes case isn’t Lombardino’s first run in Dolcefino Consulting. Dolcefino Consulting revealed that Judge Lombardino failed to disclose that Newman was representing his son, David Lombardino, in a divorce – all while participating in 20+ other cases in Lombardino’s court. Judge Lombardino has now recused himself in several cases.

“We have been auditing legal bills for our clients to see if there are discrepancies, examining conflicts of interest, and are attending court hearings to send a clear message to judges – clean it up, or we will expose it. It is that simple,” says Dolcefino.

Kimmons, who runs a private investigative firm, wanted the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to charge Dolcefino with a crime for operating Dolcefino Consulting with an expired investigations company license.

“Let me educate Mr. Kimmons – who, by the way, has had me followed and my home under surveillance, yet somehow doesn’t have the guts to return my phone calls,” says Dolcefino. “Nothing about what we do is really a secret. We consult with people on media strategy. We fight battles for people who want their stories told. We blow the whistle. We are replacing the work that used to be done in newsrooms. Are we a private investigative media company? Yes, we are, and people have to hire us. However, they do not control what, if anything we report.”

Dolcefino had another message for Newman and the lawyers who so clearly take exception to transparency: “Try doing the right thing for your clients. Help them end their fights quickly, not extend them just to make more money. It’s the right thing to do.”

Dr. Christopher S. Brann, MD

Dr. Christopher S. Brann, MD

Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital confirms it is conducting a review of Baylor Dr. Christopher Brann after stunning accusations exposed in a widening Dolcefino Consulting investigation of Houston family court injustice. A spokesman says Brann was already not seeing patients this fall but some of the disturbing e-mails we have shown were not previously known. Harris Health says they have received no formal complaints yet from patients.

The Texas-Brazil custody drama is curiously being ignored by the Houston media, but the fight took center stage on Fantástico, Brazil’s most popular news program, last Sunday and comments made by Dr. Brann are already under fresh scrutiny.

Marcelle Guimaraes claims she fled to Brazil with her son after a corrupt Houston family court refused to listen to her claims Dr. Brann was violent and a sex addict. Guimaraes’ parents were recently convicted of helping her kidnap little Nico, even though a lot of the evidence they wanted to use to prove they were protecting a victim of domestic abuse was kept out of court. Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes face sentencing in October.

Sunday on a TV program viewed by 70 percent of the country, Dr. Brann claimed he only slapped his wife once, and was never a sex addict, despite disturbing e-mails already showing he wrote his wife, “Was triggered by a patient (22 y/o who needed a pelvic exam) I did not do the exam. I asked one of the residents to do it. I have avoided all pelvic and breast exams since coming back from PCS.” PCS is a family counseling service. Dolcefino Consulting has billing from a Houston based therapist who handles sex and porn addiction.

A new e-mail obtained by Dolcefino Consulting written by Dr. Brann shows him confessing to having a disease during the time of the sex therapy. “I am responsible for me having this disease, but it is hard to beat,” he wrote.

“It is time for a full public discussion of the real circumstances that led Marcelle Guimaraes to leave Texas for Brazil,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

Baylor College of Medicine has refused to comment on the doctor’s writing about his patients, but there are growing calls in Brazil for the boy’s grandparents to be sent home. Dolcefino Consulting’s Family Injustice reports have been seen by tens of thousands of Brazilians, leading to widespread media coverage in Brazil. Brann is also now claiming his wife forced him to confess to significant domestic violence.

Houston media reports have been sympathetic to Brann’s fight to regain custody of his son here in Texas, but Guimaraes is also a U.S. citizen who says she was forced to flee to her native Brazil to protect her son from a “monster.”

“This investigation of Judge Lombardino’s curious court rulings exposed this Brazil case, and I find it shocking the Houston media doesn’t seem to want to give this victim her right to tell her story directly to Houstonians,” says Wayne Dolcefino. “In this time of the me-too movement it makes me wonder if she is being treated differently because she is Brazilian born. She was denied the right to testify from Brazil. Doesn’t the full story matter?”

Dr. Christopher Brann, Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor, accused of putting his patients at Ben Taub Hospital in danger

Dr. Christopher S. Brann, MD

Dr. Christopher S. Brann, MD

Dr. Christopher Brann is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and a doctor at Ben Taub Hospital.

Now, Dolcefino Consulting has new documents exposing deep problems with the Houston doctor at the center of the Brazil kidnapping drama.

His wife, Marcelle Guimaraes, fled to Brazil in July 2013 with her son Nico and never returned, sparking an international custody battle between Texas and Brazil.

Brann has become a sympathetic figure in the media and with politicians as he has waged an expensive public relations campaign to get his son back and have her family punished.

The mother at the center of the case has broken her silence after five years in an hour-long interview with Wayne Dolcefino, the longtime investigative journalist and President of Houston-based Dolcefino Consulting, an investigative communications firm.

The Dr. Brann accusations

Marcelle Guimaraes

Marcelle Guimaraes

She details years of documented physical violence by the Houston doctor. Now she has warned that Dr. Brann has put patients who saw the doctor at Ben Taub Hospital in danger.

“He would take advantage, really, of his position at Baylor to see them in bad situations and to sexually take advantage of these patients,” said Guimaraes.

Legal documents that detail some of the alleged violence and sex addiction came out during Brann’s divorce, including a personal journal that should have raised alarm bells at Baylor and Ben Taub. The journal shows Brann used the medical college’s internet system to watch pornography.

Now, emails obtained by Dolcefino Consulting showed Brann was sexually triggered by female medical exams, especially on young women.

When Dolcefino Consulting obtained the sexually explicit documents, we decided that the public had a right to know what has been going on.

The Baylor College of Medicine reaction

We notified Baylor College of Medicine about the bizarre behavior happening under their nose, but their response to our attempt to protect patients was shocking.

The next day, Dolcefino Consulting received a call from Dr. Brann’s attorney, who detailed our conversation with Baylor security the day before.

The medical school issued this statement after we complained about their conduct.

“BCM ensures that all faculty and staff adhere to the college’s policies and code of conduct. The College does not comment on personal issues that do not involve the college,” said Baylor spokeswoman Lori Williams.

“I find it outrageous that when I called Baylor about very disturbing documents in an attempt to protect vulnerable medical patients, they chose to protect their own employee instead of the patients who have been put in danger,” said Wayne Dolcefino.

The truth is that Baylor has a growing public relations crisis on their hands when it comes to their doctors.

Just last month, Shafeeq Sheikh, a former doctor for Baylor, was convicted for raping a heavily sedated patient while on the job.

Our call to Baylor about Dr. Brann came just days before the verdict.

Now Baylor’s Dr. Christopher Brann is accused by his ex-wife of using his position at the hospital to explore his fantasies and see women naked, including his patients.

Let Dolcefino Consulting know

Our latest investigative report on the Brazilian kidnapping case is now available on Dolcefino Consulting’s Facebook page as part of our widening Family Injustice Investigation. You can also see it on dolcefino.com. Our first broadcast has triggered major news coverage in Brazil.

“We have now publicly called on the Justice Department to tell Houstonians whether they knew about this evidence of domestic violence and possible sexual threats to patients when they decided to pursue criminal charges against the Guimaraes family,” said Wayne Dolcefino. “We call on the jurors in the Guimaraes case to come forward to tell us if they would have voted differently if they knew the whole story.”

Nico’s grandparents will be sentenced in October after their conviction in Houston federal court for aiding and abetting the kidnapping. They face a possible prison sentence.

For further information on breaking news in this international drama, please call Wayne Dolcefino at his office at 713-360-6911.

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Woodlands attorney Mary Van Orman already faces a possible stay in jail in Montgomery County for refusing to pay a fine imposed by a judge for being wholly rude and unprofessional to Conroe Attorney Katherine Bihm

Woodlands attorney Mary Van Orman has taken notice of our Family Injustice Investigation. And she’s helping prove why the State Bar of Texas ought to take notice too.

Van Orman already faces a possible stay in jail in Montgomery County for refusing to pay a fine imposed by Judge Tracy Gilbert for being wholly rude and unprofessional to Conroe Attorney Katherine Bihm.

Last week, an attorney in New Iberia, Louisiana sought a protective order against Van Orman. Attorney Sy Shamsie calls Van Orman a nightmare.

Van Orman is his own lawyer in a civil lawsuit. For those who have met Van Orman, the legal filing will sound familiar.

“Van Orman’s behavior is both erratic and unusual,” Shamsie writes.

We’ve been reporting on Van Orman for months, criticizing her conduct in the Menger divorce case. Van Orman wants a new trial for her client Marek Menger,
because she had to argue the entering of the final decree over a phone call, claiming she couldn’t show up in person and was forced to be in court in two different
counties at the same time. Unfortunately for Ms. Van Orman, Dolcefino Consulting actually checked. She wasn’t telling the truth.

We already planned on attending the Menger hearing this week, but last Thursday, a delivery service called our office saying they had a package for Wayne Dolcefino.
A few minutes later a process server for Van Orman showed up instead and threatened our staff with criminal charges when he wasn’t available to accept the
“package.”

“The next day I invited Van Orman’s flunky to come to my office again and try that threatening thing on me, and even though the subpoena didn’t meet the
requirements of the law, I plan to come and will be glad to tell the judge that Ms. Van Orman is using the color of her court to play games,” says Dolcefino, Presidentof Dolcefino Consulting.

Van Orman wants Dolcefino to bring documents showing that he’s been hired by Sherry Menger to say mean things about her.

“I don’t think I have ever met Sherry Menger in my life, and she is not one of the people who privately fund my investigative media company to expose fools like
Ms. Van Orman – who frankly gives lawyers a bad name, which is admittedly hard to do,” said Dolcefino.

See you in court Mary. Hopefully, Judge Lisa Millard will do her job, and tell you to stop stalling justice with silly little personal games.

Woodlands attorney Mary Van Orman will be in court next week to argue for a new trial in the Sherry and Marek Menger divorce case.

Van Orman is now infamous in our Family Injustice investigation for her strange behavior in this unending legal dispute.

The divorce of Sherry and Marek Menger was over on February 27, 2018 when the final hearing took place in Judge Lisa Millard’s court.

Van Orman has maintained that she and her client deserve a new trial because she was on the phone during the whole hearing, drawn away from her duties by a commitment she made up at the last minute.

The original date for this hearing for a new trial was in June, but it keeps being pushed back by an attorney who wants to keep a profitable case alive.

Van Orman is the one causing the delay. She has requested the hearing be reset three times already.

Hopefully that won’t happen this time.

In a personal Facebook post by Judge Lisa Millard, she lays out exactly what we want to see in this family court system marred by controversy.

“Harris County deserves judges who are respected, experienced, fair, impartial, faithful to the constitution and dedicated to justice under the law,” Millard wrote.

We suggest that all judicial candidates keep that in mind during this election year.

Lisa Millard especially has the chance to stay true to her word.

She needs to deny the motion for a new trial and finally bring an end to this drawn out affair.

Marcelle Guimaraes

Marcelle Guimaraes

Marcelle Guimaraes fled to Brazil in July 2013 with her son Nico and never returned, sparking an international custody battle between Texas and Brazil. At the end of May, Nico’s grandparents were convicted in federal court of aiding and abetting the kidnapping and now face a possible prison sentence in October.

Now, for the first time, the mom at the center of the kidnapping case is breaking her silence after five long years, saying her parents did nothing wrong. In the interview, Guimaraes details years of documented physical violence and sex addiction by her ex-husband and complaints about a corrupt Harris County family court.

Guimaraes spoke publicly in an hour-long interview with Wayne Dolcefino, the longtime investigative journalist and President of Houston based Dolcefino Consulting, an investigative communications firm.

Clips from the interview are now being released to the news media for the first time.

Dr. Chris Brann is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor and a doctor at Ben Taub Hospital. He has been a sympathetic figure in the media and with politicians. The Houston doctor has waged an expensive public relations campaign to get his son back and have her family punished.

Guimaraes calls him a monster and says her escape to Brazil with her son was a matter of life and death.

“Nico would scream and ask and say no, no and ask for mommy too and ask to stop, and he would not stop at all because he could not control his violence,” said Marcelle Guimaraes.

Early in the divorce case, Judge James Lombardino signed an order to keep Brann away from Marcelle and little Nico after legal papers detailed violence and alleged sex addiction, including a journal that should have raised alarm bells for his employer.

When the Judge and lawyers failed to protect the mother and son from the dangerous situation they were in, she says she made the only move left to save herself and her child.

“There was no protection anymore,” said Guimaraes. “There was no justice anymore. There was no even me anymore. It was like everything was already done with no explanation.”

The first clips from the interview can viewed at this Dropbox link:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vpro4milw9pcb1j/AADLg4Biq6wb6RpAAAVAxGVga?dl=0

For further information on breaking news in this international drama, please call Wayne Dolcefino at his office at 713-360-6911.

The battle over the custody of a little eight-year-old boy has sparked an international fight between Texas and Brazil.

Now the mother at the center of the kidnapping case is breaking her silence after five long years, detailing years of documented physical violence and sex addiction by the Houston doctor who has waged a public campaign to get his son back and have her family punished.

Brann has become a sympathetic figure among Houston media and Texas politicians.

Marcelle Guimaraes fled to Brazil in July 2013 with her son Nico and never returned. Last month, Nico’s grandparents were convicted in federal court of aiding and abetting the kidnapping and now face a possible prison sentence.

“I wish I could tell them that and that I’m really sorry and that I love them,” said Marcelle Guimaraes. “Nico loves them a lot and he misses them. He asks about them every single day. He asks about them, and that, he cannot understand what’s going on.”

Guimaraes broke her silence in an hour-long interview with Wayne Dolcefino, the longtime investigative journalist and President of Houston based Dolcefino Consulting, an Investigative Communications Firm.

“They are being treated like people that have committed a crime, and they didn’t have the chance, not even to explain anything or to protect themselves and to defend themselves from this injustice,” said Guimaraes.

Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes had been arrested under a sealed indictment after making a trip to Miami last year. Dr. Chris Brann is an Associate Professor of medicine and Baylor and a doctor at Ben Taub Hospital. He has been a sympathetic figure in the media and with Texas politicians, but Guimaraes calls him a monster and says her escape to Brazil with her son was a matter of life and death.

“Nico would scream and ask and say no, no and ask for mommy too and ask to stop, and he would not stop at all because he could not control his violence,” said Guimaraes.

The Guimaraes case has intensified the growing spotlight on alleged conflicts of interest in Houston family courts. Marcelle Guimaraes filed for divorce in 2012, accusing Brann of beating her, even while she was pregnant.

Early in the divorce case, Judge James Lombardino signed an order ordering Brann to stay away from Marcelle and little Nico after legal papers detailed violence and alleged sex addiction, including a journal that should have raised alarm bells at Baylor and Ben Taub.

Just four days after the protective order was issued, Dr. Brann hired Houston divorce lawyer Bobby Newman. Newman, his family and his law firm helped fundraise and donate more than $16,500 for the Judge. The financial support included a campaign fundraiser on a family yacht.

“Once Bobby Newman was hired, everything changed,” said Guimaraes. “I had, there was nothing that I could do that could convince the judge to accept, even to look at everything that I had to give to him. Things would just become more and more difficult for me.”

Guimaraes’ lawyer in the divorce case was Rick Ramos. Marcelle is now outraged at pictures showing Ramos and Newman were good friends and traveling companions before she hired Ramos to fight for her and full custody of Nico.

Newman and Ramos agreed to a joint custody arrangement and emails show for months that Guimaraes repeatedly told her lawyer she was scared of the Houston doctor.

“It was really shocking because can you imagine that all these years I had no idea that I was being betrayed by my own lawyer,” said Guimaraes.

In hotly contested divorce cases, a lawyer is appointed to represent the best interests of the child. In the Guimaraes case that lawyer was Jared Woodfill, at the time Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party.

Documents obtained by Dolcefino Consulting show Woodfill knew about violence and pornography and was begged for safety before Guimaraes finally fled. Emails obtained by Dolcefino Consulting written by the doctor claim Woodfill and Judge Lombardino both tried to get U.S. politicians in the fight against Guimaraes. Judge Lombardino even tried to keep Marcelle from testifying in her divorce case from Brazil.

“There was no protection anymore,” said Guimaraes. “There was no justice anymore. There was no even me anymore. It was like everything was already done with no explanation.”

Video taken in a park in Brazil in recent days show Nico appears healthy and happy with his mom. Brazilian Courts found Brann may pose a threat to his son. Dr. Brann is allowed to visit Nico but now says he owes $50,000 in back child support and can’t afford to pay.

Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes face sentencing in October. After the verdict, famed Houston Defense Attorney Rusty Hardin gave a statement to the media about his clients.

“These are two of the nicest, most incredibly supportive people that I can imagine, and I don’t know what a grandparent was supposed to do in this circumstance,” said Rusty Hardin, the attorney for Roberto and Jemima Guimaraes.

Hardin declined comment on their daughter’s decision to end her self-imposed silence and speak out.

Judge Lombardino, Bobby Newman, Rick Ramos, Jared Woodfill have all ignored requests for comment.

Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes are under house arrest and face possible prison sentences next month. They also declined to comment.

For further information on breaking news in this international drama, please call Wayne Dolcefino at his office at 713-360-6911.

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