DALLAS –– Dallas police on Friday rebuffed a complaint from state District Judge Carlos Cortez who alleged the department relied on young detectives when building the assault case against him. Cortez made the comments on Thursday after a grand jury declined to indict him on allegations that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend in December 2013.
A motion placed by Cortez’s attorneys during the court proceedings alleged police left out key details that would have proven the judge’s innocence. The DPD statement refutes this claim, saying there was ample evidedce of probable cause for the case to be presented to the grand jury.
The statement outlines the arrest and investigation, citing evidence of the victim’s injuries and witness statements as the reason for the arrest.
Detectives from the Domestic Violence Unit contacted the victim and interviewed her the same day, and a search warrant was obtained to photograph the location of the offense.
The statement also claims Judge Cortez was contacted by detectives, but refused to cooperate with their investigation.
Police were called at 2:09 a.m. to a residence in the 3000 block of McKinney Ave. in Dallas on Dec. 28. Upon arrival, a woman who said she was dating Cortez told police a fight over medication belonging to a juvenile at the home escalated to violence.
She told police the two were drinking for several hours and that he pulled her from the couch. She said he dragged her by her hair and held her over the balcony while he choked her. Cortez denied the allegations. His lawyers filed a motion in court claiming he was preventing her from killing herself.
Cortez is seeking reelection to the 44th Judicial District Court in Dallas County, a post the civil court judge has held since 2006.