Harris County Criminal Court Judge Frank Aguilar of the 228th District Court has been suspended following a pending criminal matter. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct invoked Rule 15A, which allows for the immediate suspension of a judge with or without pay upon indictment by a state or federal grand jury for a felony offense or charges of misdemeanor involving official misconduct.
Aguilar’s suspension stems from an incident on New Year’s Eve in Galveston, where he allegedly assaulted a family member. According to court records, Aguilar is accused of repeatedly punching a woman in the face and subsequently placing his foot on her neck after an argument. Galveston County authorities formally charged Aguilar last month in connection with this incident.
The judge’s suspension comes at a critical time, as the 228th District Court is currently handling prosecutions related to the Harding Street police raid, a case that has been pending trial for five years. The raid resulted in the tragic deaths of two innocent civilians.
Aguilar, now facing legal consequences himself, will have the opportunity for a post-suspension hearing to demonstrate that his continued service will not jeopardize the interests of the parties involved in court proceedings or impair public confidence in the judiciary.