A black Texas judge has been suspended amid accusations that she sexted in the courtroom, used a bailiff to buy drugs, hired prostitutes and once brought marijuana seized from a defendant, according to the Washington Post.
Hilary H. Green, despite the allegations was overwhelmingly re-elected Harris County, Texas, justice of the peace, was suspended Friday from her courtroom. Green has not been accused of a crime.
Her divorce from Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green, is what triggered the allegations. Ex-husband Ronald Green in 2015 called his wife a drug addict who “operates daily with impaired judgment as evidenced by her presiding over cases in which she has ongoing sexual relationships with litigants and witnesses.”
The Post reports that more allegations came from Claude Barnes, a man Hilary Green acknowledged as her ex-lover—though she denied his testimony that they had hired prostitutes for sexual activities.
Barnes testified that he, Judge Green and a prostitute had a rendezvous in a Crowne Plaza hotel room where they allegedly smoked weed and engaged in a threesome. He also alleged that they did ecstasy and that he “repeatedly” helped Green buy prescription cough syrup on the black market.
In a letter to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, Green acknowledged many of her misdeeds and admitted to abusing drugs “almost every night” for several years, according to court records.