A judge in an international kidnapping case that has been heading for nearly a decade has finally acknowledged that the mother at the divorce center in Texas may have had a good case.
So why, then, did former 308th District Court Judge James Lombardino find that “there is no credible evidence” that Houston-based Dr. Christopher Bran abused his ex-wife, Marcel Guimaraes, or committed domestic violence?
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In an interview with Dolcefino Consulting, Judge Lombardino said that “she may have had a good case, but she will not come and plead her case.” But Marcel Guimaraes is really pleading his case. She pleaded in her case before fleeing to Brazil with her son Nico. The medical records documenting the abuse were reviewed by Lombardino, along with photos of walls that were broken and cracked during the fight, as well as an affidavit by Marcel Guimaraes herself detailing the abuse she underwent in Bran’s hands. .
Judge Lombardino even issued a temporary remand order in December 2012, forcing Bran to stand 200 meters from Marcel and their child Nico. But just four days later, Bran hired the infamous divorce lawyer in Houston, Bobby Newman. At this point, Marcel says that everything has changed.
“Once Bobby Newman was hired, everything changed. There was nothing I could do to persuade the judge to accept, even to look at everything I had to give him. Things would just get harder for me. “ says Guimaraes.
“It was really about saving lives. There was no more protection. There was no more justice. “ Guimaraes says of his decision to flee to Brazil with his son. On the same day that Newman became Dr. Bran’s attorney, Judge Lombardino issued a decision allowing Dr. Bran to see his son and removing the defenses of the remand.
In 2016, Judge Lombardino ruled that there was no “credible evidence” that Bran had abused Marcel Guimaraes or committed domestic violence. In 2020, Lombardino said that Marcel Guimaraes “may have had a good case.” What is it, Judge?
Judge Lombardino was ousted in the 2018 judicial election, but is now trying to sit on a higher bench: Texas’ first court of appeals. Judge Lombardino is facing a runoff with Houston County Attorney Terry Adams. Early voting has already begun and elections are on 14 July 2020. During the years when Harris County lawyers were asked about Lombardino’s bias and impartiality, he consistently received low marks. If Judge Lombardino cannot defend a victim of domestic violence and will not speak publicly about the broken family judiciary or its ethical issues, then why will voters reward him with a higher court?