Journalism 133: Prof. Craig: Story Flow Exercise: Story 4
Story Flow Exercise: Story 4
Assignment: Assemble story information so that it uses narrative flow to draw readers in and keep them reading to the end.Lead paragraph:
A Texas judge has been suspended amid accusations that she sexted in the courtroom, used her bailiff to buy drugs, hired prostitutes and once brought home marijuana seized from a defendant.
Start with the lead paragraph, then reorganize the following graphs so that you believe they flow best.
- Green, who has not been charged with a crime, was immediately suspended Friday from the Houston court where she oversaw misdemeanors, traffic cases and small civil suits since 2007.
- Babcock said that could be years away — by which time another judge will probably be elected to Harris County’s Precinct 7.
- The commission said it obtained hundreds of texts between Green and a bailiff. (Green’s lawyer would later argue that her husband broke into her phone and stole texts.)
- The Greens accused each other of various misdeeds in their filings, the Houston Chronicle reported in 2015.
- Green’s suspension will last until a civil trial can be held to consider whether to remove her from office.
- “She’s very popular in the precinct,” Chip Babcock told The Washington Post. “Lots of communication in the community is about how horrible this is.”
- While the judge claimed her husband had cheated on her and concealed assets, according to the paper, Ronald Green called his wife a drug addict who “operates daily with impaired judgment as evidenced by her presiding over cases in which she has ongoing sexual relationships with litigants and witnesses.”
- In May, the commission asked the state Supreme Court to suspend Green while it prepared a case to permanently remove her from the bench.
- Many of the messages excerpted in court records are explicitly sexual — “That sounds like a very good dream/fantasy,” Green admitted writing to her bailiff. “You know I’m all about oral.”
- “To this day, Judge Green has apparently made no attempt to reassign the bailiff with whom she actively participated in an inappropriate sexual texting relation and whom she recruited to assist in illegal drug activity,” wrote the executive director of the commission. “She engaged the services of a peace officer to commit a criminal act, and indeed he was apparently willing to do so. Incredibly, Judge Green sees nothing wrong with the arrangement.”
- While she denied hiring prostitutes, Green admitted to abusing drugs “almost every night” for several years, according to court records.
- The commission briefly questioned Green in person in February.
- At least one text appears to describe a drug purchase by the two court officials, according to court records.
- “I’m just thinking that you’re the judge and here you are abusing drugs,” an interrogator told her. “Judging these people for the crimes that they have committed, and yet you were committing that same crime.” “Yes, ma’am,” the judge replied.
- Hilary H. Green’s lawyer called the ruling by the state Supreme Court “frustrating and surprising.” He pointed out that many of the accusations had long been public, and yet voters overwhelmingly reelected Green as a Harris County justice of the peace.
- As the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct would later explain, those accusations prompted it to file a formal complaint against the judge — the first of several that informed its 316-page recommendation to suspend her this year.
- In a letter to the commission, Green acknowledged sending the text and clarified that “lover boy” was a supplier of cough medicine, which she said she later gave the bailiff $500 to buy.
- “This is a human being with a 11-year-old child, and she was willing to fight this thing,” Babcock said.
- “Had to marry some folks outside yesterday,” Green wrote to the bailiff in 2013. “On another note, did you hear back from ‘lover boy?’”
- Once she paid her bailiff to get them, she wrote; sometimes she went herself — sometimes to “a gas station on the southwest side of Houston.”
- She was once married to one of Houston’s most powerful officials, City Controller Ronald C. Green, with whom she has a child.
- Their divorce battle gave rise to allegations that ultimately led to her suspension.
Put the whole story together and email it to me before the next class on Wednesday.