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Dallas police investigating allegation of rape at Judge Cortez' residence

By Mathew Watkins and Jennifer Emily, Dallas Morning News Staff Writers

Published: 08 February 2014 11:18 PM

A 21-year-old woman told authorities that she was raped at the Uptown condo of state District Judge Carlos Cortez in November, according to a Dallas police report obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

The rape is alleged to have happened less than two months before Cortez, 44, was charged with felony assault against his girlfriend at the same location. He has denied that charge. He did not respond to voicemails or text messages seeking comment on the rape allegation, for which no charges have been filed.

The woman told police that she was assaulted at Cortez’s condo after a man gave her champagne, and she began to feel dizzy.

The News received a copy of the internal version of the police report on that incident. That document had been partly blacked out before it was sent to the newspaper. Cortez’s name doesn’t appear in any readable part of the report, but the document does list the address and apartment number where the woman said the sexual assault occurred.

The rape is alleged to have happened less than two months before Cortez, 44, was charged with felony assault against his girlfriend at the same location. He has denied that charge. He did not respond to voicemails or text messages seeking comment on the rape allegation, for which no charges have been filed.

The woman told police that she was assaulted at Cortez’s condo after a man gave her champagne, and she began to feel dizzy.

The News received a copy of the internal version of the police report on that incident. That document had been partly blacked out before it was sent to the newspaper. Cortez’s name doesn’t appear in any readable part of the report, but the document does list the address and apartment number where the woman said the sexual assault occurred.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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DMN Editorial: We recommend Goldstein in 44th Civil District Court’s Democratic primary

Published: 20 January 2014

Even before these latest allegations against state District Judge Carlos Cortez, he had enough baggage to cast serious doubt on his fitness.

Fortunately for Dallas County Democrats, they have a smart, capable replacement in the March primary in Bonnie Lee Goldstein, who offers a dramatic step up in judicial temperament from the troubled incumbent’s two terms. The winner faces no Republican opposition in November.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Court documents provide new and different details about domestic violence assault accusations against Judge Carlos Cortez

By Jennifer Emily / Dallas Morning News

Dallas police obtained a search warrant this week to take photographs of the condominium where a Dallas County state district judge is accused of choking his girlfriend, holding her over a balcony and threatening to kill her.

The court documents provide new details – and some different details – about the accusations against state District Judge Carlos Cortez by his girlfriend of just over a year, Maggie Strother.

Cortez,44, was charged with family violence assault Dec. 28 after Strother, 26, called police about the incident at Cortez’ Uptown condo.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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DMN Editorial: Dwindling credibility for Judge Carlos Cortez

Trust is the bedrock of our judicial system. People have to believe that the judges and juries who determine their fates are fair and competent. That they have good judgment.

And that question of judgment, more than any accusation that has been leveled against him, is state District Judge Carlos Cortez’s biggest problem.

In 2010, Cortez was referred to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for bad-mouthing fellow judges. Although the commission dismissed the complaint, Cortez has spent $135,000 in legal fees fighting to keep private related statements and documents that apparently paint an unflattering personal portrait. Additional court filings suggest that the sealed information is related to the use of drugs and prostitutes.

On the job, Cortez has received low marks from the Dallas Bar Association in the areas of impartiality and judicial temperament.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Dallas district judge arrested on assault charge, police report says

Matthew Watkins, Dallas Morning News / 10:20 am on December 28, 2013

Judge Cortez' booking photo (credit: Dallas County Sheriff)

Update, 10:22 a.m.: Another police report gives a narrative of the arrest. It says that Judge Carlos Cortez choked his 26-year-old girlfriend several times and, at one point, held her over the balcony of his Uptown apartment.

Police were called to the apartment on McKinney Avenue just after 2 a.m. Saturday for a report of a disturbance. Cortez and his girlfriend met officers in the lobby. The girlfriend told police that they had been in an argument “over the location of medication belonging to [a] juvenile male witness,” the report says.

BD Update, 5pm: We have the complete text of the DPD Incident Report after the jump.

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