Disgraced former Jefferson County District Attorney investigator Marcelo Molfino committed criminal violations in his Justice of the Peace election campaign. This after he was recently fired for stealing taxpayer funds by falsifying his time card, to which the DA leaders determined he then lied to them and was unfit to be an officer of the court. Molfino might throw around money to others but that doesn't excuse his criminal behavior and it is stolen money he is throwing around. After filing to run for office, Molfino refused for months to file his semi annual campaign finance reports to reveal his finances which is a criminal misdemeanor and civil violation of law. What was he hiding? Will leaders and citizens demand he repay the money he stole from taxpayers? How can he run anything if he has been found to have stolen taxpayer funds and then isn't even competent to file campaign finance reports?
Friday, October 8, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
District Attorney Declares Marcelo Molfino UNFIT to be an Officer – Termination Report Released by Jefferson County DA Bob Wortham
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/5/2021:
Document released by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office show that the heads of all DA departments met with DA Bob Wortham and determined that Investigator Marcelo Molfino was to be terminated for lying, among other violations, and they found him to be unfit to serve as an officer of the court.
This DA Office Memo shows Marcelo Molfino was to be Terminated for Lying, Wage Theft, Violation of Policy, and Being Unfit to Be Officer. This is after a multi-year investigation by David Bellow. Thousands of cases could be called into question after this proof of Molfino's falsifications has been revealed.
The heads of the Departments within the DA’s office then typed up and signed this termination recommendation with a detailed description of their findings. I obtained this signed document through an open records request. I have attached this document to this article.
Marcelo Molfino claims he resigned with no issues, and the local news even claimed Molfino resigned with no issues, but that was just simply another lie by Molfino. As the document attached clearly proves, Molfino resigned after he was already set to be fired based on signed findings of termination by the heads of the District Attorney’s office. To report anything other than that is deceiving the public about a public servant who way lying and stealing and fired for it. Resignation in lieu of termination or a forced resignation is legally considered being fired.
This ends a half-decade saga, and vindicates me, David Bellow. I originally blew the whistle on Marcelo Molfino wage theft several years ago when I discovered that he was fraudulently taking comp time that didn’t seem to be earned, so that he could get paid by the taxpayers while he was doing illegal side jobs during his government day shift. The Texas DPS actually determined that Molfino had violated the law by practicing without a license with his side jobs, but the DA, his boss, refused to prosecute and overlooked the county policy violations such as side work not being cleared with the county so that there is no conflict of interest.
Marcelo Molfino then retaliated against me after I blew the whistle him. While still being investigated by the State, Molfino brought bogus charges against me and he himself even wrote, and falsified, the arrest warrant. It was a massive conflict of interest and a clear retaliation to try to shild himself from the criminal probe I initiated against him.? I fought back and all charges were eventually dismissed. The Texas Rangers then brought an investigation against Molfino and the DA’s office for Perjury and Official Oppression against me. They were going to bring charges and even convened a grand jury against the sitting DA office, but Molfino escaped charges due to the statue of limitations having just run out. Marcelo Molfino didn’t learn though. He went right back to using unearned comp time to steal money from the taxpayers.
Earlier this year, I did an open records request, and that is when I uncovered that Molfino finally slipped up in covering his tracks. He put on his time card that he was taking comp time and he listed the date the comp time was earned as a date that he could not have earned comp time because he was already getting taxpayer emergency pay to stay home and not work on that day. Furthermore, that day he said he earned comp time, he was in another city doing a side job that was not even cleared by the county.
That is theft of taxpayer money. I brought my concern to the District Attorney Open Records officer and requested more information and documents. Next thing you know, Marcelo Molfino resigns unexpectedly. Some did not believe what I was saying because Molfino gets involved in the community so as to appear to be an honest man, so I then did an information request for the records. That is what brings us to this article right now, and the attached county document that shows Marcelo Molfino was set to be terminated for the very same things I had turned him in for several years ago. The disbelief can be laid to rest. The documents show that this man who presented himself as honest was actually using his power and position to steal taxpayer money and retaliate against those who challenged him.
A community has been freed from a corrupt investigator who had intentionally used his power to oppress dozens of people over the years. One black man, Omar Daw, even spent 3 years in jail until the US Attorney released him based on Marcelo Molfino having been involved with an informant planting a gun in the Omar’s car. Molfino would frequently get parents in child custody family court cases to hire him and pay him money, and Molfino would then turn around and bring some criminal charge involving the ex of the person who paid him, which would give a leg up in family courts to the person who Paid Molfino. Molfino even testified under oath to getting paid $1500 cash from my ex-wife, Courtney Hudson. It was a family court, criminal enterprise run by Molfino and nothing short of bribery and public corruption. That is how I first came to know Molfino when my ex-wife, who admitted to being violent with me and leaving our one year old son in cars in parking lots, hired him because she was wanting to keep me from seeing my son even though I was by all accounts an amazing loving and involved father who has never even been accused of not being a good father. Molfino tried to go after me, but I fought back and dug for the truth, and now I am happy to say that I have been vindicated. The false charges Molfino brought against me have long been dismissed, but now I can finally show that what I was saying all along about Molfino was true now that Marcelo Molfino’s own department heads determined he lied and was unfit to be an officer.
This chapter of corruption in Jefferson County is finally coming to a close.
Monday, May 3, 2021
The Texas Family Law Foundation spent 3/4 million dollars to pay lobbyists Steve and Amy Bresnen to kill Equal Parenting bills in the past 5 years. Is it a conflict of interest for a Representative to be on the JJFI committee that might kill an equal parenting bill, while at the same time paying dues that fund these lobbyists to kill equal parenting bills?
Reporter Wayne Dolcefino has just released a video report about the Texas
Family Law Foundation and the JJFI Committee. this video raises questions of if
there is a conflict that is killing Parental Equality in Texas which is hurting
kids and families.
See Video Report here:
Rep. Ana-Marie Ramos and Rep. David Cook and Chairwoman Victoria Neave, please stand with the people of Texas and don't follow the misguided path of the for-profit lobbyists. Show you are not just a legislator in their pocket to kill and Equal Parenting bill that the people overwhelmingly want and that Kids need. Call for a vote on HB 803 and pass it out of committee so it can get a vote on the floor instead of just being killed in committee at the behest of the lobbyists over the desires of the people and 22 bi-partisan co-authors.
These lobbyists brag
about using their influence to delay these bills so they die, even though they
would otherwise pass overwhelmingly on the floor, such as HB 803 Equal
Parenting Bill. There is no question that the bills the TFLF support or oppose
all come down to whether or not the bill will increase or decrease revenue for
attorneys. They tried to use dirty tricks this session with a letter saying
that equal parenting is only about dads who want to go against women, but these
lobbyists were shut down swiftly by a counter letter showing that women are at
the Capitol daily advocating for equal parenting because it helps moms too and
most importantly it is best for kids and society. Emma Johnson with Moms for
Shared Parenting even makes a compelling case that women will not get true
equality and close the pay gap until courts have both parents chare in the
duties of raising a child instead of just telling a women to stay home and
raise the child after a divorce, even though the woman must also work too. The
Bresnens knew of these women fighting for Equal Parenting this session, but
chose to ignore and silence these women to promote their agenda.
Is it a conflict of
interest for a Representative to be on the JJFI committee that might kill an
equal parenting bill, while at the same time paying dues that fund these
lobbyists to kill equal parenting bills? These lobbyists look out for the
income of the attorneys they represent, that is the bottom line, they don't
look out for families.
Rep Ana Ramos and Rep David Cook are new reps and they are family attorneys. The website lists them both as members of the TFLF. I fear they might have been fed the standard lies by these lobbyists because they sure did talk the points of the family law foundation lobbyists at the April 26 HB 803 Hearing. Points that have been disproven over and over again and points that go against the will of the majority of Texas who support and want equal parenting and parental equality. There are even 22 bipartisan co-authors of HB 803 and we can't even get a vote on this equal parenting bill? The TFLF are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of these freshmen reps who do not know the history of even last session's equal parenting bill that passed out of committee 7 to 1, and the TFLF arguments were soundly defeated by a woman, and mother, State Representative Gina Calanni.
For instance, Rep Cook used the old TFLF talking point and insisted that you can already get Equal Parenting in Courts, but this is something that has been thoroughly vetted and disproved even in last session's JJFI Committee. Rep. Gina Calanni did a fantastic job of getting the TFLF attorneys to admit it might cost 50k for a good attorney to go to court and try to get equal parenting or even just to get a judge to give expanded standard instead of the standard possession order. Rep. Calanni rightfully stated that the current system is not good for low-income people who cannot afford attorneys and not good for families. Why are we making good fit parents have to fight and bicker in have conflict over who gets more time with kids, instead of just having a starting point of equal parenting for parents who the court deems fit joint managing conservators? Rep. Cook also insisted on the TFLF idea that there already is near equal parenting time in the law, but that has been thoroughly disproven too. Rep. Calanni last session even blasted the TFLF attorneys for insisting there was already near equal time, but then the TFLF attorneys could not even come up with the numbers how much time one parent got over the other in the current system. Fortunately, Rep Calanni did the math and some years it is only 88 overnights in an entire year for one parent with their child with the every other weekend standard possession order where a child doesn't get to see one parent except one weekend every 2 weeks. That is not good for a child. Even worse for Rep Cook, he is opposing the Texas Republican Platform by standing in the way of Equal Parenting.
Rep. Ramos used the old TFLF talking point that it isn't good for kids to go back and forth, even though it has been thoroughly disproven over the years as well. EVERY study and expert over the past couple of decades has shown that equal parenting time is best for children in every measurable metric, regardless of having to go back and forth. This is because it is the separation from one parent that does the greatest harm to children and leads to drastically worse outcomes for children who do not have both parents in their lives equally. The separation from a parent hurts a child, not the going back and forth between 2 loving homes. In fact, with equal parenting schedules you can have even less going back and forth with week to week with one back and forth a week vs. the standard possession order which gives one parent 2 hours every Thursday which is a back and forth all in a one afternoon time span.
Rep Ramos and Rep Cook and Rep Neave, I believe you were elected with good intentions of doing right and representing your constituents and I believe you can rise above the conflict and do the right thing for the people. Don't believe the lies of the TFLF and don't follow the path of being another Rep that these lobbyists swayed to kill a bill that the people want and the kids need. The people are speaking out and they want equal parenting. Only the paid lobbyists or attorneys who profit from conflict are against it. It is profits vs the people. Please take a stand and show you don't just do what the Texas Family Law foundation lobbyists say to do. These lobbyists brag that they have swayed reps in the past to kill equal parenting bills. Please call for a vote on HB 803 and please vote for HB 803. That will show you are not a part of this group of lobbyist's profit agenda, and it will show you stand with the people of Texas and it will show you stand with minorities and low-income families and women and kids, all of whom will benefit from equal parenting, in addition to helping fathers get equal time with kids.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Going back and forth between parents has no measurable effect, while unequal time with parents proves to be detrimental – Support & Pass HB 803 Equal Parenting for Kids
At the April 2021 hearing for Texas HB 803 Equal Parenting Bill, Representative Ramos questioned if it was harmful and bad for children to have to go back and forth between parents in an equal parenting arrangement. That is a good question, and thankfully we know the answer to that is definitively no. Not because I say so, but because the experts all say so. But in the end, do we really even need the experts to know that kids want and desire to have a loving relationship with both fit and loving parents, and they hurt greatly without it?
Fortunately, every study from every university or doctor or psychologist says that there is no harm to children to have to go back and forth between two loving parents and two loving homes with two sets of beds and toys and clothes.
EVERY study does however show that there is drastic and detrimental harm to children when they do not have equal possession and access with both of their fit and loving parents. No study or psychologist will say otherwise, and over 100 peer reviewed studies from unbiased professionals all say that joint time with both parents leads to drastically better outcomes for children across the board in every metric and area of measurement. Equal Parenting is proven to be in the best interest of children!
Over the past few decades, countless studies have reinforced the notion that equal parenting time is generally better for children’s well-being. As a recent reference, consider Linda Nielsen’s 2018 article published by the Journal of Child Custody.
In this article, Nielsen’s findings show that approximately 80% of children living under joint physical custody arrangements have better outcomes than those living under sole physical custody with regard to their behavioral, emotional, physical, and academic well-being, as well as better relationships with their parents and grandparents. Her findings also indicate that another 10% of joint physical custody children have equally positive outcomes in those areas in comparison to sole physical custody children.
If this were a family court proceeding, the expert testimony would hold weight and sway the judge. Well, these experts, all the experts, say that equal parenting is best for kids and leads to better outcomes. The State Representatives of Texas should put some weight to these experts, and not listen to the attorney lobby groups who have a financial interest in parents not sharing kids, and they have so ingrained into some of the representatives the idea that kids having equal access to both fit and loving parents is somehow a bad thing. Ignoring these facts and studies only holds children back and harms them. All teen crime, and drug use, and suicide, and school drop outs all primarily come from unequal parenting homes. That is the fact. Texas Representatives must stand up for the children of Texas and stand for their future and their best interest. Texas must pass HB 803 Equal Parenting bill.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Texas News Stations are questioning why Chairwoman Victoria Neave is holding up a hearing for HB 803 Equal Parenting bill
Texas News Stations are questioning why Chairwoman Victoria Neave is holding up a hearing for HB 803 Equal Parenting bill which has 21 bipartisan authors, is wildly popular among voters from all political spectrums and minority groups, and will greatly help children who are hurting and torn apart in the current unequal family law system. Check out the attached news story from Fox 7 Austin. One questioned mentioned in the article is whether money from the attorney lobbyists, which have a financial interest in parents not getting along and wanting to fight in court over kids, is a contributing factor on why this vital and bipartisan bill is not even getting a hearing and an up or down vote?
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Arkansas Passes Equal Parenting Bill - Texas Still Waiting for Hearing on HB 803 Equal Parenting Bill
Right over the Texas border, Arkansas, has signed into law an Equal Parenting bill that is the strongest in the nation.
Texas has an Equal Parenting Bill, HB 803. It passed out of committee last year nearly unanimously. This year it has 21 bi-partisan authors and has the support of voters across all political spectrums, minority groups, all genders, all parts of Texas, and supported by the science and university and psychological studies all showing equal parenting is best for kids and even best for women.
Texas HB 803 has not gotten a hearing yet and time is running out before the bill dies, which would seem unheard of for such a popular, bi-partisan bill that will greatly help children, to not even be given a hearing in time to get an up or down vote. It would seem to defy the very intent of democracy.
On April 7, 2021, Arkansas became the second state in the nation to pass a law for a rebuttable presumption of joint custody, defined as equal parenting time. Not only that, but we became the first to require clear and convincing evidence to overcome the presumption. SB18 passed the House with a vote of 71-16 and the Senate 33-2, and gave us the strongest joint custody law in the country.
Equal Parenting is the future, and Texas should lead and make history, instead of just following the coat tails of other states who have passed it with great success, such as Kentucky.
If you are a legislator who has not signed up for the bill as an Author, please do so. And please reach out to fellow State Rep, Chairwoman Victoria Neave, and ask her to set the bill for a hearing Next Week in the JJFI Committee.
Monday, April 12, 2021
The following is a letter from African American Civil Rights Leader Bill Owens, who marched with MLK Jr., who is now asking Representative Victoria Neave, Chairwoman of the JJFI Committee, to set HB 803 Equal Parenting bill for a hearing.
From the Desk of Bill and Deborah Owens
April 12, 2021
Rep. Victoria Neave
Texas House of Representatives
PO Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Dear Chairwoman Neave,
We write to you today to ask you to help improve the lives of thousands of children in Texas by granting a hearing on bill HB803, the shared parenting bill.
Today, we are contacting you as parents and private citizens. However, in our public work for the Coalition of African American Pastors, we have seen the devastation that divorce, custody issues, and the lack of two involved parents have done to generations of children. It is an especially serious problem in the African American community, where far too many young Black children grow up in single parent homes without an active and involved father.
Currently, the law governing custody operates on the presumption that the mother should be the custodial parent. Too often, this approach deprives children of an involved father while putting far too much pressure on the mother to fill both parental roles.
In addition to being archaic, the current system effectively disadvantages minority and low income families. Litigating for shared custody is expensive, so minority and low income children are often stuck with the default solution, where the father is little more than a weekend visitor. HB803 would create a presumption in favor of shared parenting, except when one parent is unfit.
The social science demonstrates that children who grow up in single parent homes (usually fatherless) are at risk for higher levels of suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, incarceration, behavioral problems, and teen pregnancy.
Please consider holding a hearing on HB803. This bill is a sensible first step towards ensuring a healthier, happier future for every family that goes through divorce.
Rev. Bill Owens and Dr. Deborah Owens
27120 Fulshear Bend Drive, Suite 900-181 ❍ Fulshear, TX 7744
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
HB 803 will Help Bring more Equal Pay for Women with Equal Parenting, say Women Experts on CNBC
Simply put, a vote against Texas House Bill 803 is a vote against Women’s Equality
Unequal Parenting is a root of the pay gap between men and women because when parents split and both parents have to work, the mom gets stuck with lesser paying jobs because the courts tell mothers that they should be the parent who takes on all the responsibility of raising the child while also working. There cannot be true equality between men and women until the laws make equality in parenting.
"While full-time working women lag behind men in pay, making 82 cents for every $1 a man makes, mothers are even further behind. Moms earn 75 cents for every dollar paid to fathers and single mothers bring in 54 cents for every dollar earned by married men, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
"A recent survey shows custody arrangements have a bearing on what single mothers earn. Those with a 50/50 parenting schedule are 54% more likely to earn at least $100,000 a year than those whose kids are with them most of the time, according to the Single Mom Income and Time-Sharing Survey. It polled 2,270 single mothers in the U.S. during the summer of 2020.
'There is a lot of pressure on moms to be the primary parent,' said the survey’s author, Emma Johnson, founder of Wealthy Single Mommy, a website dedicated to single mothers. 'That is our culture.'"
Lobbyist Attorney admits they Push all Child Raising onto the Woman
The only opposition to the massively popular and bipartisan movement for Equal Parenting is a paid lobbyist attorney. At the 2021 Organizational Meeting of the Texas House JJFI Committee, a Lobbyists with the Texas Family Law Foundation admitted to persuading men who want equal parenting in mediation that they don’t really want equal parenting because then they have to do things like take the kid to school and back. Well someone has to do it and if this lobbyist says men shouldn’t do then he must think that women, who also have jobs after a breakup and make up 47% of the workforce, should have to work full time and then also be the only one with responsibility of raising the child? This is a blatant sexism and we wonder why women don’t have the equal opportunity to have a career after a breakup because Texas Family Courts are setting them up for failure with old outdated laws. This is why HB 803 Texas Equal Parenting law is so vital. It starts both fit, good parents off on equal ground with equal parenting going into court. Kids Win with both parents in their lives, and Women get more equality! More info: EqualJusticeTaskForce.com
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
HB 803 will Help Low Income Families
Unequal Parenting laws Hurt Low-Income Families who cannot afford an attorney and get stuck with standard orders with unequal parenting or bad deals that are not in the best interest of the children.
HB 803 Equal Parenting Bill will Help Low Income Families because it will create the starting point as equal parenting for fit, willing, and able parents.
Currently, if a low-income family wants to even try to do more than the current standard possession order unequal parenting starting point, they need an attorney that they cannot afford. This means they get stuck with bad deals and bad agreements or just accept the standard orders. This is why you see lower income families not going to court to get the judge to grant something more equal and fairer because these low-income families do not have the money to hire an attorney.
Even worse, if one parent does have money and the other parent does not, then the parent with money can get the good attorney and the other parent would not have the money to try to get equal parenting. This is the situation we see often when it is the woman who gets ordered to only see their kids every other weekend even though the parents are both good parents. Unequal starting point hurts low-income parents and hurts the kids. Equal Starting point will bring fit parents to court on even ground so less fighting and less conflict and better for the kids! That means even low-income parents who are both fit with no issues don’t need the expensive attorney to try to move up to equal parenting orders because that will be the starting point and then a judge can go down from there with just cause.
The Current Law DOES NOT have an equal parenting option, nor can parents just elect to have more time without having to hire an attorney and have a trial, nor do Judges typically grant it unless you have LOTS of MONEY to hire an attorney for a trial. Do not be fooled by lobbyists who say you can already get equal parenting in Texas. The standard order is the starting point check box that the law says a judge should check, and to vary from that takes money, which is why the new starting point for fit, willing, and able parents should be EQUAL PARENTING HB 803. It is better for courts and better for kids and Judges can still go down from there with just cause for the kids, but there will be much less fighting going into court & better deals for low-income families with both fit parents going into court on equal parenting ground.
HB 803 has Bi-Partisan Authorship! A dozen Authors and Coauthors already have signed up to HB 803 with HALF being Republican and HALF being Democrat. With so much divisiveness in politics, this is truly a moment where both sides can come together and do something massively great for kids and for society! Support Equal Parenting!
MORE INFO: http://EqualJusticeTaskForce.com