Video shows tense moments between judge and Wayne Dolcefino before contempt of court charge

HOUSTON – A courtroom confrontation that lasted only two minutes landed a well-known former investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino behind bars.

Dolcefino recorded the video with a pen camera while pressing Harris County Criminal Court Judge Darrell Jordan for answers regarding legal documents Dolcefino requested from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. He said he hadn’t received the documents.

“What happened in that court, what you see on the video, was personal. It wasn’t business. And it was wrong,” said Brian Wice, an attorney representing Dolcefino.

Wice is typically a legal analyst for KPRC 2, but for the purposes of this story is only speaking in his capacity as an attorney and about his client’s case.

”Judge Jordan was tasked with appointing special prosecutors to do their job. It doesn’t appear as if they did, and Wayne had every right to be in that courtroom to ask the questions that he asked,” Wice said.

Wice said the video refutes some of the judge’s account of how the situation played out.

“At the time, Wayne walked in the court and had his exchange with Judge Jordan. They were not conducting business and the extent that Judge Jordan’s order says that is just wrong from here to there.” Wice said.

According to Wice, just as concerning for Dolcefino was his underlying medical condition before he was sentenced to three days in jail. Dolcefino served about a day and a half before bonding out, but the worry was all the same.


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