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With trials postponed, Judge Carlos Cortez doesn’t appear on bench after family violence arrest

On Dec. 28, the couple had been drinking and began arguing about the location of Strother’s son’s medication, according to police. Strother told police that Cortez choked her several times and at one point dragged her by her hair to the balcony and leaned her over the edge while choking her.

But Cortez said he was actually trying to save his girlfriend’s life. He said his girlfriend was “extremely intoxicated” after mixing alcohol and prescription drugs and that she attempted to kill herself by jumping from his 20th-floor balcony. He said he tried to pull her away from the balcony, not over it.

Cortez, who has presided over the 44th District Court since 2006, is seeking a third term but is being challenged in the Democratic primary by attorney Bonnie Lee Goldstein.

The Dallas Morning News recently reported that Cortez has spent more than three years and $ 135,000 in legal fees trying to keep private some court documents that could contain potentially damaging information about his personal life.

Exactly what is in the documents is unclear, but information in other court filings and hearings suggests that they may pertain to allegations of drug use and prostitutes. Cortez has said the allegations are untrue. A final ruling by the courts has not been made.

Staff Writers Jennifer Emily, Matthew Watkins and Diane Jennings contributed to this report.

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