Defendant Maricelda Marie Aguilar was not Texas Judge Lonnie Cox’s favorite person, but his recent outburst left many stunned.
At an October 5th hearing, District Judge Cox learned that 22-year-old Aguilar had missed a number of probation meetings regarding a drug conviction.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Aguilar, who is 7 months pregnant was asking to be moved after she developed a bacterial infection while in the Montgomery County jail. She and her lawyer, Wesley Clements, asked that she be transferred to a rehabilitation center until she gave birth.
At the October 5th hearing, Judge Cox reportedly looked over papers and saw Aguilar had missed probation appointments and became visible angered. That it when witnesses say the judge lost his cool and while looking at plea bargain papers for the Aguilar case, yelled, “This is sh*t. This kind of bullsh*t is not what the drug court should be doing and it is just costing the taxpayers money.”
Clements said Judge Cox went on to call Aguilar “worthless” and said she was “not worth the paper and ink that the plea agreement was written on.”
After the verbal smackdown, Judge Cox is said to have ripped up the plea agreement and stormed out of the courtroom.
Clements have filed a motion asking that Cox be removed from the probation violation’s plea hearing.
Cox has since filed an order refusing to recuse himself and had referred the recusal decision to Montgomery County District Judge Olen Underwood.