Judge Resigns Amid Allegations Of Drug Use, Prostitution, And Sexting

Harris County Justice of the Peace, Hilary Green, has resigned.

Houston, TX – A Harris County judge has stepped down from the bench, amid allegations of drug use, encounters with prostitutes, and sexting while in court.

Harris County Justice of the Peace Hilary Green formally resigned from her position on Mar. 27, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s office confirmed, according to KTRK.

Green, who had been on the bench since 2007, was suspended without pay by the Texas Supreme Court in July of 2017, at the recommendation of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, according to the Houston Press.

She admitted to having a dependence on Tussionex cough syrup, which she said she began using in 2009 as a sleep aid. Green said she went “doctor shopping” to obtain prescriptions, but said she also purchased the drug illegally from her then-boyfriend, Claude Barnes.

Green, who was married to former city councilman Ronald Green at the time, said she and Barnes had an affair from 2009 until 2015. She said Barnes provided her with ecstasy and marijuana on occasion between 2009 and 2014.

The commission also discovered that Green sexted a courtroom bailiff from October of 2013 until April of 2014, and that she provided him with $500 to purchase Tussionex for her.

In a sworn affidavit, Barnes alleged that he and Green utilized Backpage.com to hire female prostitutes on two occasions – once in Houston, and once in Austin – claims which Green denied.

During their 2015 divorce proceedings, Green’s husband accused her of being a “longtime drug addict,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

He noted that she abused prescription pills, drove while under the influence, and "operates daily with impaired judgment as evidenced by her presiding over cases in which she has ongoing sexual relationships with litigants and witnesses."

According to KTRK, Green was scheduled to go to trial in April to determine her future as a judge.

In her letter of resignation, Green cited her father’s death and her mother’s recently diagnosed illnesses as being the causes of her decision to leave the bench.

“It is important for me to focus all my attention on my family,” she wrote.

Green’s attorney, Chip Babcock, claimed that the claims against her had nothing to do with her decision to resign, the Houston Chronicle reported.

"It is totally unrelated to the charges which she continues to deny and contest," he told the paper on Mar. 29. “"She was looking at years of additional litigation. It's sad because all these allegations that her husband and former boyfriend leveled against her were known by the voters when they re-elected her by an overwhelming majority.”

County commissioners are expected to appoint a replacement to serve in Green’s now-vacant position until November, when a new judge will be elected.

Comments (15)
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SheepDawg
SheepDawg

This is a first. I've never seen a dog's face blocked.

Poileas
Poileas

I see alot of people getting their cases reversed. Yet drugs are illegal, highly regulated and restricted to get, hmmmm.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I never saw that before either.

SSG Hall
SSG Hall

And you think that you make judgement on people lives and you are using the very flith narcotic drugs that are killing American citizens! These political and justice that reside on the bench that do this and misuse their power, should be held to the same standards as us, the American people!

SSG Hall
SSG Hall

And why do the media have to make this a propaganda campaign out of this! She's a woman, she's a Demorat( not a mistake on spelling) she's a African American! This is the crap I'm sick of seeing and thrown in my face! And I'm a black man!

fenolj
fenolj

Most Americans, those with a moral high ground, such as yourself, Mr. Hall, are sick and tired of the lying liberal media and the lying commie democrats. They have completely abandoned the goodness of America for the root of all evil. This is why America will fall.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Needs jail time - a disgrace to herself and pride of the Democratic party & voters!

Coolfranky60
Coolfranky60

All that schooling then to end up in Disgrace she does deserve jail time

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Wow...This is a bombshell if true!!!

Boone1776
Boone1776

A disgrace to the oath of office, she needs to go to jail, just like everyone else.

b1rd
b1rd

If you were a dog would you want to be associated with her? Dogs have feelings too. LOL

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn you want to come defend her?

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Exactly my point. Somehow I'm guessing that my comment will be seen as racist, derogatory, disrespctful and who knows what else by the trolls that have taken up residence here. Now it's just sport to see them get all worked up.

Edb
Edb

Color has nothing to do with this!!!!!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

In some places you do not have to e a lawyer to serve as Justice of the Peace. Wonder if Texas is that way? As I have stated before if 1% of the people are perverts, 3 % alcoholics, 1% drug addicts, that crosses into all walks of life: (e.g.Doctors, lawyers, miners, mechanics, cops, firefighters, barbers, store clerks etc.)