It is now reported that the five of the eight claims against retired Texas Appellate Court Judge H. Paul Pressler has been dismissed by a Houston judge. For this, we are most glad. Just before Christmas of last year, the following letter was sent to Judge Pressler at his home in Houston, TX. We publish it without further comment.
December 15, 2017
The Honorable Paul Pressler
5118 Holly Terrace Drive
Houston, TX 77056
For several weeks, I have considered writing you this letter. Weighing my respect for you and our 21 years of friendship against the demands of my own personal and professional commitments and desire for privacy has required substantial reflection on my part. I have determined that this letter is appropriate, fully aware of how you may choose to use it in the future.
Over the past 21 years, I have been a guest in your home on at least five separate occasions. I have been your guest at Southern Baptist Conventions in New Orleans (1996), Dallas (1997), Salt Lake City (1998), and Atlanta (1999). I have also been your guest at meetings of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention. At each of these conventions and at your expense, I have either stayed in a hotel room adjoining yours or nearby yours in the same hotel. I have also been your guest at two meetings of the Council for National Policy: one in Naples, Florida and another in San Antonio, TX in the late 1990s. On one other occasion, I shared a hotel room with you in Richmond, VA, during a meeting of the International Mission Board trustees. I have also been your guest at the University Club of Houston and the Houston Country Club.
At no time during any of these shared trips, visits to your home, or meetings have I ever been placed in an uncomfortable situation, nor have you ever made any inappropriate comment to me. You have been a gracious host, kind encourager, and Christian gentleman on every single occasion. The recent public allegations about your conduct with others bear no resemblance whatsoever to my own experience.
You have not asked me for this letter, and I am sending it at no person’s instruction. I hope it provides some benefit and encouragement to you in the coming days.
CC:Mr. Ted Tredennick
6363 Woodway, Suite 965
Houston, TX 77057