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Dallas County family court Judge Kim Cooks

After a dispute with her bailiffs over courtroom security, Dallas County family court Judge Kim Cooks apparently took matters into her own hands by bringing a gun with her on the bench during a recent child custody jury trial, according to a Dallas County Sheriff’s Department report obtained by Texas Lawyer.

According to the report, detailing a court session from late March, the dispute began when the two bailiffs assigned to the 255th District Court stepped outside of Cooks’ courtroom to greet a jury panel and to conduct roll call. Cooks’ court reporter later told the bailiffs that the judge wanted them inside the courtroom.

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John Council

Senior reporter John Council is a native Texan who covers litigation and appellate courts in his home state. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @john_council

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