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A controversial child custody case in Bryan just got a lot nastier in the last few hours, and what’s happened smacks of courthouse foul play.

Dolcefino Consulting aired an investigative media report Tuesday morning on Facebook detailing the plight of Alyssa Karsagi, who has only seen her children for two hours in 92 days.

Supporters of the Orthodox Jewish woman worry she’s been mistreated in the court case because of her autism.

“When they took them, they were one and two and the one-year-old was still breastfeeding and I didn’t get to breastfeed him again,” said Alyssa Karsagi.

Hours before our broadcast all parties agreed to postpone a scheduled Wednesday hearing.

Since this morning, something changed. The lawyer representing the children in the case, Bryan attorney Jana Foreman, sent an email to the court with a sudden change of heart.

“As Amicus Attorney for the children I really believe that if all possible this TRO should be heard tomorrow morning,” read Foreman’s email. Foreman later today claimed she just didn’t want the case delayed any longer.

Give us a break. Alyssa Karsagi’s lawyer withdrew from this case less than a week ago. She deserves time to find someone to represent her in the fight to keep her children.

Our investigation discovered Foreman used to work in the same law firm with the father’s attorney and there’s no evidence she bothered to disclose that in court.

“Maybe Ms. Foreman got amnesia overnight and forgot what she agreed to, or maybe she wants to further punish this young mother because she didn’t like our report,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

“Judge Matzke needs to send a very clear message that her court respects the First Amendment, and Alyssa Karsagi has the constitutional right to tell her story,” says Dolcefino. “I also suggest Ms. Foreman be very careful. I will make it my personal mission to file the State Bar Complaint against her if she really wants to play this kind of game.”

In the meantime, Ms. Foreman should withdraw from this case immediately, and let the children be represented by a lawyer who doesn’t have any baggage of possible bias.

We will keep you posted throughout the day. If Foreman gets her way there will be a court hearing in Bryan at 8:30 in the morning.

Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes
Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes

A federal judge has signed an order for restitution against the Brazilian grandparents involved in the international kidnapping case of a Houston boy, that continues to make headlines.

It looks like the real message in this punishment was sent to federal prosecutors.

Federal prosecutors had wanted Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes to pay up to $1.4 million to the boy’s father, Houston doctor Chris Brann. Federal Judge Alfred Bennett was clearly unimpressed by the evidence.

The restitution order that was signed awarded Brann just $36,000.

“There is insufficient evidence to determine the purposes of Dr. Brann’s individual flights to Brazil, the durations of his trips, his lodging expenses, his security expenses, his hourly rates from 2013 to 2017, and his ‘off’ weeks from 2013 to 2017,” noted the judge.

Brann endured a brutal cross-examination at the hands of the Guimaraes couple’s defense attorney, Rusty Hardin. In recent months, documents obtained by Dolcefino Consulting detail evidence of physical abuse by the Houston doctor and graphic emails he was sexually triggered by some of the female patients he was caring for. Harris Health System is now fighting to hide Brann’s records.

“The federal government has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars prosecuting grandparents for simply helping their daughter escape domestic violence,” says Wayne Dolcefino, a spokesman for Marcelle Guimaraes, the woman at the center of this child custody drama.

“This whole case is an insult to victims,” says Dolcefino. “Wouldn’t you help your daughter if you knew she was being attacked? The Justice Department has seen the evidence of the horrible injustice done in the divorce case that led Marcelle to flee to Brazil. It’s time for an investigation of the Harris County Family Court System instead.” 

Wayne Dolcefino is President of Dolcefino Consulting, the Houston-based investigative communications firm that has been exposing family court corruption in Houston.

“Marcelle Guimaraes fled because she sought help from the Harris County Justice System and her pleas for help were ignored in a courtroom with deep ethical issues,” says Dolcefino. “A growing number of victims of Family Injustice are hiring our firm to help expose new judges to the damage that has already been done to so many people and to watchdog the courthouse to make sure it stops.”

Judge Bennett will soon issue his final sentencing order in the case. Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes will report soon to serve their prison sentences. Jemima Guimaraes will serve one month. Carlos Guimaraes will serve three months.

“Marcelle and Nico are safe in Brazil. Maybe now, Dr. Brann will understand the damage he has done. Nico knows his own father helped send his grandparents to prison,” says Dolcefino.

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.

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