A Dallas criminal defense attorney lost his request on Tuesday to get a judge removed from hearing his case.
Attorney Lee Bright says he was kicked out misdemeanor court by Judge Etta Mullin because he was wearing shorts and not pants.
Bright said that was discrimination and testified on Tuesday that he'd recently had knee surgery and couldn't put on pants because he had to wear a brace.
He says Judge Mullin’s insistence that he wear pants prevented him from adequately representing his client.
However, another judge ruled in favor of Mullin.
“She is a bully on the bench,” said Bright. “You have a judiciary in her that has got a good part of the defense bar basically running with their tail between their legs ‘cause they're afraid to stand up to her…I completely respect the decision of Judge Mays. He's an honorable, good judge. That doesn't mean I necessarily agree with his decision on this matter.”
Judge Mullin and the assistant district attorney who represented her declined to comment.
Mullin is running for re-election at the end of May.
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