Final judgment for Brazilian grandparents

Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes
Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes

A Houston federal judge will finish handing out punishment Thursday to the Brazilian grandparents sentenced last month in that controversial kidnapping case that’s made international headlines.

Judge Alfred Bennett gave Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes light prison sentences in December after they were convicted of aiding and abetting their daughter Marcelle when she fled the country to Brazil with her son during a contentious Houston divorce case.

Carlos Guimaraes will serve three months and Jemima Guimaraes will serve one month. They have also been ordered to pay a fine of $75,000 each. The next question: will they have to pay restitution to their former son-in-law Dr. Chris Brann for his travels to and from Brazil?

“This is really about holding people accountable who have done a horrific act,” Brann told reporters.

That’s not the only headline.

The county owned hospital district, Harris Health System, where Dr. Brann saw patients for years, is now trying to keep emails about the doctor a secret from the public.

Dolcefino Consulting has detailed evidence of physical violence and sex addiction in the divorce case, and a Texas Appeals Court Judge has now blasted the divorce case that led Marcelle Guimaraes to flee. First Court of Appeals Justice Evelyn Keyes issued a dissenting opinion saying:

“To reach its conclusions and its holding, the panel ignores voluminous evidence of domestic abuse, physical violence (including breaking furniture and smashing in a wall), and psychological abuse directed at Guimaraes by Brann, sometimes in N.S.B.’s presence, admitted to by Brann and substantiated by expert witness reports—all included in the record of this case. It also ignores Brann’s pathological addiction to pornography, likewise admitted to by Brann, which had resulted in several unsuccessful attempts at rehabilitation…”

First Court of Appeals Justice Evelyn Keyes

After emails surfaced showing Dr. Brann wrote he was sexually triggered by female patients at Ben Taub, Dolcefino Consulting sought records to see what the hospital knew and when they knew it.

We did get some of the emails we requested, including one sent by the Director of Corporate Communications of Harris Health which says, “Hasn’t seen a patient at Ben Taub since Nov. 2017. And his primary practice is at Baylor CHI St. Luke’s. Thank goodness.”

Dolcefino Consulting has now asked for all internal investigations of all doctors working at the county hospital.

“Harris Health is owned by the taxpayers,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, “Taxpayers and patients have a fundamental right to know if the doctors there are potentially dangerous. The fact Harris Health is trying to hide emails should frighten everyone.”

The Guimaraes hearing is set for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 17th, 2019 in Courtroom 8C at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in downtown Houston.