Judge avoids charges after accusations of domestic violence

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Gavel - KXAN File

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas County grand jury has decided not to indict a state district judge on a felony charge of assault following a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend.

Jurors made the decision Thursday in a case involving Judge Carlos Cortez.

He was arrested Dec. 28 on allegations he choked the 26-year-old woman, leaned her over the edge of the balcony at his apartment and threatened to kill her.

In a motion filed two days later, the 44-year-old Cortez said the woman was trying to kill herself and he tried to pull her away from the balcony.

Cortez asked a judge to throw out an emergency protective order granted after the incident.

Cortez had been charged with family violence assault, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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