There’s nothing like a lover scorned, and one Texas judge is learning that lesson the hard way.
Judge Hilary H. Green has been suspended amid accusations that she sexted in the courtroom, used a bailiff to purchase illegal drugs, once brought home marijuana that was seized from a defendant and hired prostitutes, The Washington Post reports.
Green has not been charged with a crime, but was immediately suspended from the Houston court where she had been working since 2007 on Friday.
She was once married to Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green and their divorce gave rise to many of the allegations that led to her suspension.
During the proceedings, the Greens accused each other of various misdeeds in their filings, with Green reportedly calling his wife a drug addict who “operates daily with impaired judgement as evidenced by her presiding over cases in which she has ongoing sexual relationships with litigants and witnesses.”
Those accusations prompted the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct to file a formal complaint against the judge. It was the first of several that informed its 316-page recommendation to suspend her this year.
But Green’s ex-husband wasn’t the only one who came forward with accusations of inappropriate conduct. Claude Barnes, whom Green acknowledged as her former lover, testified that they had hired prostitutes for threesomes.
Barnes also alleged the couple did drugs together during his testimony. He stated that one time the judge came to his house with a bag of weed and “told me they took it off a kid in her courtroom … one of the bailiffs gave this to me.”
The commission reportedly obtained hundreds of texts between Green and a bailiff for review. Many of the messages, excerpted in court records are explicitly sexual in nature, with Green admitting to her bailiff in one text message, “You know I’m all about oral.”
Green admitted to using drugs, but denied ever soliciting the services of prostitutes. In February, the commission briefly interrogated Green.
“I’m just thinking that you’re the judge and here you are abusing drugs,” an interrogator told her. “Judging these people for the crimes that they have committed, and yet you were committing that same crime.”
“Yes, ma’am,” the judge replied.
The commission asked the state Supreme Court to suspend Green in May, while it prepared a case to permanent remove her from the bench.
Green will be suspended until a civil trial is held on whether to remove her from office, which could take years.
To be continued …