Last week, 44th District Court Judge Carlos Cortez amended his petition in a suit against attorney Coyt Randal “Randy” Johnston, eliminating an extortion claim against Johnston as well as allegations that Johnston and three of Cortez’s fellow Dallas state district judges created rumors about Cortez so that a political opponent would run against him in the November 2010 election.

Cortez’s original petition, file-stamped Nov. 1, included defamation and extortion causes of action against Johnston, but Cortez’s Nov. 10 second amended petition includes only the defamation claim. [See the second amended petition.]

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