Crisis In The Family Courts

Judge Helm resigned!! (TX judge that was horrible to DV victims)

Posted in Uncategorized by abatteredmother on February 8, 2010

by denomshischaostheory

I have periodically bitched about this old fart asshole….and have been awaiting the decision on his recusal hearing…well he resigned, of course right at the last minute…but still he is OFF THE BENCH!!!! 

Here’s my post about it:  http://denomshischaostheory.blogspot.com/2010/02/judge-helm-houston-tx-finally-off-bench.html

I put all the comments below, I highlighted one though…thought a few of you would agree with it!  Some of the others are ok too…

More info here for those that are curious:  http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6849399.html  if anyone needs me to open and copy and paste this for you let me know….I just didn’t want to paste both articles into one post….too confusing.

Some more of the back story on this from Nov.  http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6714126.html

Houston Judge Resigns After Claims of Bias Against Domestic Abuse Victims

Published 1, February 4, 2010 Courts , Criminal law , Lawyering , Politics , Society 9 Comments

Harris County criminal Court-at-Law Judge Reagan Helm has resigned after protests over his allegedly taunting remarks to victims of domestic violence. Helm, 68, reportedly admitted to suffering from dementia and having “medical issues.” He was accused of extreme bias against women in these cases. In one instance, Helm told men accused of domestic abuse that these women have them “by the balls.”

Helm resigned on the eve of a recusal hearing that was prompted by the demand of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office that he be removed from “any and all” cases involving accusations of domestic violence because of “deep-seated bias and prejudice.”

Some have alleged that Helm went downhill after his long-time court reporter, Don Rymer retired (after reportedly being indicted in April. He pleaded guilty to a state jail felony charge of tampering with a government record in connection with a missing trial transcript. Rymer was rumored to have helped Helm with decisions.

As the article below discusses, he was accused of mocking one woman that her husband did not look like much of a threat.

For the full story, click here.

9 Responses to “Houston Judge Resigns After Claims of Bias Against Domestic Abuse Victims”

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  1. 1 Dredd 1, February 4, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Whoa. This is scary because dementia is contagious. Seriously.

    http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/2009/09/etiology-of-social-dementia.html

  2. 2 Buddha Is Laughing 1, February 4, 2010 at 7:31 am

    OT but interesting read,

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100222/lessig

  3. 3 michellefrommadison 1, February 4, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Has nothing to do with the concept that dementia is contagious, it only has to do with the facts of certain situations and how certain Laws apply to each.

  4. 4 Anonymously Yours 1, February 4, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Houston, we have a problem. You wonder why it smells so bad? Well its the arm pit for the rest of the world.

    This is good that the Judge resigned but unfortunate under the circumstances.

  5. 5 michellefrommadison 1, February 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Then why shouldn’t Nancy Grace of CNN voluntarily resign since she violated victim’s rights so much that there are victims not alive anymore directly because of her unprofessional actions? Perhaps it is time to make it a criminal offense to victimize victims to their death.

  6. 6 Buddha Is Laughing 1, February 4, 2010 at 8:12 am

    mfm,

    I had the misfortune to recently be trapped a situation where I was forced to watch about an hour of Nancy.

    Most unfortunate.

  7. 7 Anonymously Yours 1, February 4, 2010 at 8:18 am

    On another front in the Dallas area,

    Guilty plea ends state Rep. Terri Hodge’s political career

    State Rep. Terri Hodge, D-Dallas, pleaded guilty early this morning to lying on her tax returns in connection with the FBI’s Dallas City Hall public corruption investigation, an act that ends her 14-year political career.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/020410dnmethodgeplea.dfaec285.html

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