Houston judge accused in hit-and-run

Published On: Oct 24 2012 11:06:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 25 2012 08:44:54 AM CDT

Oct. 24, 2012: A local judge is accused of being involved in a hit-and-run accident. Phillip Mena reports.


A Houston judge is facing allegations of being involved in a hit-and-run.

"It hurt my leg when it was twisted toward the car. I'm in pain on my leg," Graciela Al-Muhammadawy said.

Al-Muhammadawy said her hand is still bruised and swollen after she was hit by a car pulling into a handicap parking spot Tuesday in southwest Houston.

"I saw the car coming. I hurried up to avoid, got hit but I couldn't," Al-Muhammadawy said.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office said that car was driven by Houston Municipal Court Judge Gladys Bransford, who is also accused of fleeing the scene.

"She says 'Oh yeah, I'm gonna call the ambulance and I'm going to call my insurance.' I said that's fine. Then she closed the door and drove back and go out. She ran out. It's unbelievable. It's shocking to me that she was driving back and leaving. So I saw the license plate," Al-Muhammadawy said.

Al-Muhammadawy said the plates led police to Judge Bransford, who is now charged with failure to stop and render aid and tampering with evidence.

"I'm still in shock. I can't believe a person holding this title and this responsibility in our society can do that. She didn't hit a car, she hit a person," she said.

The judge has been temporarily relieved of her duties as part-time judge pending an outcome.

Tampering with evidence is a third degree felony. If Judge Bransford is convicted those charges could lead to jail time.


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