Category: family violence

  • The Motion to Recuse

    From the State’s Motion to Recuse Judge Helm from all family violence cases: Due process requires recusal when “there is a serious risk of actual bias—based on objective and reasonable perceptions.” and This bias should not be allowed to interfere with the State’s due process rights in a manner that infects “the integrity of the […]

  • Your Witness . . . No, Not Literally

    After the shot across his bows, the Harris County DA fires a broadside at Judge Reagan Cartwright Helm, asking him to recuse himself from all cases involving accusations of domestic violence (Brian Rogers, Chronicle). If Judge Helm recuses himself in response to these motions, or if Administrative Judge Olen Underwood recuses him, it might be […]

  • The Victimocracy Strikes Back

    The Harris County District Attorney’s office has asked criminal Court-at-Law Judge Reagan Helm to remove himself from two family violence cases because of “deep-seated bias and prejudice.” In motions filed Thursday, prosecutors said Helm has a history of making inappropriate comments to assistant district attorneys, victims and defendants. “These comments also signal to the victims […]