County court-at-law judge Reagan Helm has resigned, the Houston Chronicle is reporting; the move comes right before a hearing in which prosecutors sought to remove him from 74 cases because of comments he had made belittling domestic-violence cases.
The motion, filed last year by the DAs office, says Helm had a general pattern of telling men accused of domestic violence that their accusers had them "by the balls." Which, if you're a woman who's been beaten up by a husband, is probably not what you want to be hearing from the judge in your case.
Helm also mocked one woman, the motion said, for filing an emergency protective order against a guy he apparently deemed not too intimidating. "He looks like a real killer to me. You're telling me you are afraid of him?" Helm reportedly said.
Helm, a Republican who's been on the misdemeanor-court bench since 1994, denied he had demeaned women or acted in any way that would harm their cases.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
His resignation letter to commissioners court cited his age: he turns 70 soon.