James Younger’s mother demanded Tuesday that the judge who delivered a ruling in her son’s case step down over social media comments the judge made.
Dallas Judge Kim Cooks ruled on Oct. 24 that Jeff Younger, the father of 7-year-old James Younger, has a say in whether or not his son goes through a gender transition. Cooks ruled that Jeff Younger and mother Anne Georgulas will have joint guardianship over their son and issued gag orders on both of them, preventing them from speaking to media, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Georgulas is demanding Cooks step down after Cooks shared a Facebook post regarding the case.
Cooks shared a story from the Dallas Morning News in late October clarifying that “the Governor nor any legislature had any influence on the Court’s Decision.”
Georgulas’ attorneys say that Cooks must recuse herself from the case because of this post. They did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“The judge even commented on the case — a pending matter in her court — on her Facebook page, and in doing so invited (and permitted) ex parte communication about it,” Georgulas’ attorneys said in a motion for recusal, according to the Dallas News.
The post refers to Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Oct. 23 announcement of an investigation into James Younger’s case following conservative outrage on Twitter. Abbott tweeted that the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are looking into details of James Younger’s case.
Jeff Younger had said his son is happy being a boy and does not desire to be a girl, according to The Texan. James Younger’s pediatrician mother, Georgulas, as well as counselors and therapists who testified on her behalf, told the court that the 7-year-old is transgender and had expressed to each of them that he wished he were a girl.
Abbott’s office did not respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.
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