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Attorney for Dallas Co. Judge responds to allegations of assault

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The attorney for a Dallas County State District Judge accused of assaulting his 26-year-old girlfriend over the weekend has responded to the allegations against his client.

Attorney Andrew Korn says Judge Carlos Cortez has not been charged with any offense and if necessary it will be shown the Cortez actually saved his girlfriend's life.

Court records show Dallas police responded to Carlos Cortez's apartment residence at around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police say the woman showed officers red marks on her neck. She told them she and Cortez had been drinking for several hours and started to argue over the location of some medication belonging to her son, who reportedly witnessed the incident.

The victim says Cortez walked up behind her while she sat on the couch and grabbed her by the hair and throat with both hands, choking her for about 15 minutes. 

Police said the woman then told police that Cortez dragged her by the hair to the balcony of their apartment, leaned her over the balcony and continued to choke her. Investigators say Cortez also told the woman that he was going to kill her.

A motion filed by Cortez' attorneys states that the girlfriend was suicidal and had mixed prescription drugs with alcohol, and that Cortez "attempted to pull the reporting party away from the balcony to prevent her from killing herself."

Judge Cortez was elected to the 44th State Civil District Court in 2006 and is up for re-election in 2014.

"Mr. Cortez will not be receiving special treatment from the D.A.'s office," said Tammy Kemp, Dallas County prosecutor. 

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