HOUSTON – Political opponents are pouncing on the Harris County Precinct 4 evidence dump debacle.
District Attorney candidate Kim Ogg held a news conference at the Criminal Justice Center Thursday morning, calling for an independent investigation – not only into Precinct 4, but the DA’s office itself.
Ogg is challenging District Attorney Devon Anderson in November’s election.
Ogg says records show Anderson sat on information concerning the destruction of evidence for months before sharing it with all prosecutors and others.
It’s the latest in what she calls a pattern of untrustworthiness.
As KHOU 11 News has reported, the evidence dump at Precinct 4 has already resulted in the dismissal of 142 cases while more than a thousand others remain under review by the DA’s Office.
Ogg believes it’s the last office that should be investigating.
“The fox guarding the henhouse is the weakest form of oversight and investigation that exists – we need an independent investigation, the prosecutor – and we need the Justice Department not just looking at Precinct 4, but looking at this Harris County District Attorney,” Ogg said.
KHOU 11 News asked Ogg about her simply making the evidence dump a political issue.
She says it goes beyond politics and is now a crisis in the local criminal justice system.
KHOU 11 News reached out to Anderson and was referred to her campaign office.