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.
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