At the final hearing today in the Kora Leach custody case, Newman stood in front of Lombardino and asked for attorney’s fees of more than $200,000 to be paid by the young mother.
Lombardino surprisingly said “No.”
The judge has been forced to distance himself from his campaign financier after the public pressure of the Dolcefino Consulting Family Injustice investigation into possible corruption and ethics violations in the family courthouse.
In January, a request was made for Lombardino to recuse himself in another protracted divorce case – the Avery/Rodriguez case. Lombardino said no. Then in June, with no pending request from either side, Lombardino did recuse himself. Less than three weeks before that, Dolcefino Consulting released a video detailing Lombardino’s relationship with the lawyers in the case – Bobby Newman and Jared Woodfill.
There have been lots of other lawyers claiming Lombardino shows favoritism to Newman in the past.
In a high-profile international divorce drama, Marcelle Guimaraes – the woman who fled to Brazil with her son – says Lombardino ignored her allegations of domestic violence and sex addiction by her ex-husband, Houston doctor Chris Brann.
Newman has been one of Lombardino’s top donors over the years, giving him tens of thousands of dollars and appearing in many cases in the 308th Family Court. Lombardino’s first fundraiser was on a Newman family boat. The relationship has prompted complaints lots of public complaints.
Kora Leach’s attorney John LaGrappe has filed a criminal complaint involving Newman. LaGrappe told Dolcefino Consulting, “I believe the District Attorney should investigate the relationship between Newman and Lombardino.”
One of the most disturbing revelations in the entirety of our Family Injustice investigation involved Judge Lombardino’s own family. Judge Lombardino failed to disclose Bobby Newman was representing his son David in a divorce case, likely for free, while Newman practiced in other cases in Lombardino’s court.
Maybe all the push back has scared Lombardino straight. The judicial elections are only 34 days away.
“Voters need to send a clear message in November”, says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Judges need to disclose conflicts. Period. Lombardino failed the test. And lawyers need to learn a lesson that campaign cash shouldn’t play a role in fights over children.”
A growing number of victims of Harris County family Injustice have hired Dolcefino Consulting to expose the ethical issues staining the courthouse and help prepare formal complaints to the State Bar of Texas and Judicial Conduct Commission when they are wronged.
For more information on our Family Injustice Investigation, click on the Harris County Family Judges page.
The federal sentencing date for the Brazilian grandparents caught up in that international custody drama has been delayed for two months.
Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes were set to hear their sentence Wednesday, October 3rd. The new date when Judge Alfred Bennett will decide their fate is December 12th. No explanation why, but the delay comes amidst growing complaints from Brazil about the case.
In recent weeks, new evidence has emerged publicly helping explain why their daughter Marcelle Guimaraes fled to Brazil from Houston in July 2013.
The jury that convicted the grandparents never heard some of the most horrific details of domestic violence and sex addiction leveled against her former husband, Houston doctor Chris Brann.
“I wish I could tell them that and that I’m really sorry and that I love them,” said Marcelle Guimaraes in an interview with Dolcefino Consulting. “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 also says she fell victim to corruption in Houston family courts. Her husband’s attorney Bobby Newman was a large political contributor to the Judge in her case, James Lombardino. Guimaraes also now knows her own lawyer and Newman were friends.
“I think the U.S. Justice Department should release this family, and then issue an apology”, says Wayne Dolcefino, whose firm Dolcefino Consulting now serves as the U.S. spokesman for Marcelle Guimaraes. “They are guilty only of protecting their daughter and grandson. The jury should have been given the whole story. They weren’t because the U.S. government fought to keep the evidence a secret from the jury.”
Two weeks ago, Associate Judge Conrad Moren ordered the physical assault of Dolcefino Consulting President Wayne Dolcefino by a Harris County Precinct One Deputy Constable serving as a bailiff in a Family Courtroom.
Don’t remember seeing Conrad Moren on the election ballot?
Moms and Dads in this town are literally having their children taken away by totally unelected Judges in Harris County like Moren who face no accountability by the voters. Not only unelected, no financial disclosure, given the right to wear a black robe, only by another Judge we do elect. That is stupid.
“Sadly, because we elect our Judges some of these appointed Associate Judges may actually be more legally qualified than the Judges we elect, but that’s beside the point. If a Judge is going to have the power to destroy a family they should have to face the voters, period, but that’s not the only reason Judge Moren should go”, says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
Weeks ago, Wayne Dolcefino was improperly subpoenaed in a divorce case by Mary Van Orman, an Attorney under growing fire for her bizarre behavior and widening client complaints. Not only did Judge Moren not take any action to discipline the lawyer, but as Wayne was leaving the courtroom Judge Moren ordered the Harris County Precinct One Deputy Constable to physically restrain him and drag him back into court.
“I was grabbed around the neck and dragged back into the courtroom,” says Dolcefino. “Curiously, there is no video recorded in that courtroom, the bailiff used excessive force but wasn’t wearing a body camera and the Judge has apparently lost his eyesight and claims he knows nothing about nothing even though he watched me pushed back into the courtroom.”
Judge Millard appointed Moren and has ignored repeated phone calls to discuss this violation. No one should be physically assaulted in a civil courtroom. Period. By her failure to even return my call, Judge Millard is telling Houstonians what he thinks about justice in her court.”
Today, Dolcefino Consulting President Wayne Dolcefino called on Constable Alan Rosen to stop stalling and immediately fire the deputy involved. We also call on Judge Moren to submit his resignation, and if Judge Millard doesn’t ask for it, voters should send a message to her in November.
“There is acceptable conduct and what happened under Judge Moren’s watch is outrageous and requires his resignation or removal from office. I have notified the Constable and the County Attorney that I am exploring all legal options if these personnel actions do not happen immediately,” says Dolcefino. “While filing suit can be seen as a conflict with my company’s Investigative Consulting work, I view what happened as a direct retaliation for the work we are doing exposing the perjury palace that has become our courthouse. I view Judge Millard’s and Constable Rosen’s failure to act as a contribution to the growing distrust of the court system that Houstonians rightfully share.”
“I am incredibly disappointed in Constable Rosen’s office, and I have communicated that loudly and clearly”, says Dolcefino. “After weeks of wasting time, the office wants me to take a lie detector test, as if my credibility is suddenly at issue. I have already provided a sworn statement, a formal criminal complaint, and I will be glad to do further testifying under oath in a court of law if these actions do not occur, and I am not famous for bluffing.”
For further information, please contact Wayne Dolcefino at the number previously provided.
Oh Mary, where are you?
A Montgomery County Judge has now issued an arrest warrant for the arrest of Woodlands attorney Mary Van Orman.
If you are keeping up with the bizarre world of Ms. Van Orman you know Dolcefino Consulting has a running show about Van Orman and her growing list of legal
issues, including unprofessional conduct and rude behavior towards Conroe Attorney Katherine Bihm.
A Judge ordered Van Orman to do several things to rectify her childish bad behavior towards Bihm, with orders they be completed by September 27 th or Van
Orman could face fines and time behind bars. Well guess who didn’t do what she was supposed to? You guessed it, Van Orman completely ignored the Judge’s
request. Instead she sent some letter about a “family emergency” as why she couldn’t be in court as instructed. She’d done that kind of thing before.
So, Mary there is a new orange jumpsuit waiting for you.
You’d think an attorney would be the last person to defy a court order, but you haven’t met Mary Van Orman. The crime watch continues.
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
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!”
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.”
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 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 accusationsShe 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.