Suspended judge in Houston resigns prior to possible removal
HOUSTON (AP) — An embattled judge in Houston who was suspended last year without pay and faced a review that could permanently remove her from the bench has resigned.
The Houston Chronicle reports Harris County Justice of the Peace Hilary Green, who’d been a judge since 2007, cited family reasons when she quit Tuesday.
The Texas Supreme Court suspended Green amid allegations she sexted in court and used illegal drugs. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct earlier investigated Green amid complaints since 2012.
Records show Green, in response, acknowledged she illegally obtained prescription drugs, used marijuana and engaged in sexually explicit and drug-related texts with a bailiff.
Green had faced trial in April to determine her judicial future.
County commissioners will appoint a replacement for Democrat Green, to serve until the November election.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com