Houston judge accused of breaking law ends re-election bid

HOUSTON (AP) - A family court judge in the Houston area heavily criticized for dismissing hundreds of cases without notifying the parties involved has decided not to seek re-election.

Judge Denise Pratt on Friday announced her intention to end her campaign, saying "relentless attacks by my political opponents" have proven damaging to her family and court proceedings. She was elected in 2010.

The Houston Chronicle reports (

) the Republican jurist is under investigation by Harris County prosecutors.

A criminal complaint filed against her alleges she broke the law by dismissing more than 630 cases in the final two days of 2013 without notifying the parties involved.

The move nullified an array of child custody, child support and other arrangements brokered in court, creating anxiety, confusion and additional legal costs for families.