HOUSTON So far, 2010 has been a year filled with rumors and speculation when it comes to the Harris County District Attorney s office.
After a six-month investigation into the office s handling of DWI cases involving HPD s blood-alcohol testing vans, the grand jury failed to return with any indictments, just an accusation.
Certain members of the District Attorney s staff were asked to undertake an investigation into members of the grand jury once they decided to conduct an independent investigation, Grand Jury Special Prosecutor Jim Mount told reporters on Jan. 31.
Now rumors have started swirling anew, after Texas Rangers removed documents and computers from the office for their own investigation.
There s been so much slander and libel of our office, said Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos.
Lykos recently sat down with KHOU 11 News for her first one-on-one interview regarding the investigation.
There was no investigation of our office, said Lykos. I wrote a letter to the Director of the Department of Public Safety, and I requested that the Rangers come in and conduct an investigation.
Lykos has long maintained that the speculation and rumors have been largely fueled by politics.
It s just so frustrating, said Lykos. The honor of this office and my honor are more important to me than my life. We re helpless to combat all the innuendos, all the rumors. We have clean hands, so I ve asked the Rangers to come in. If they find wrong doing in this office, then I ll take care of it.
In the process, she says she hopes to end the speculation once and for all.