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Election 2016

Democrat Kim Ogg Gears Up For Rematch In Harris County District Attorney’s Race

Ogg, who lost to Republican Devon Anderson in 2014, calls for faster action on bail bond reform. She also blames the incumbent DA for a scandal involving the destruction of evidence, which has compromised hundreds of criminal cases.

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Kim Ogg is making her second run for Harris County District Attorney against Republican incumbent Devon Anderson. Ogg spoke with Houston Matters about how she'd run the DA's office differently if she wins the rematch.

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Ogg took DA Anderson to task over the pace of bail bond reform. She said the point of bail is to make certain a defendant shows up for trial. But she argued the current schedule for bonds takes little account of that.

"Unfortunately, our system works to keep people who are waiting for their day in court in jail when they're too poor to bond out, and yet releases anyone regardless of their risk level if they have the money to bail out. So this is not just unconstitutional, it's unjust," Ogg said.

Harris County's bail system is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit.

Ogg also held Anderson responsible for a scandal involving the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office. A deputy with the office, since fired, destroyed more than 21,000 pieces of evidence. That put hundreds of criminal cases at risk.

"It was known for about seven months that there were massive problems in Precinct 4 with the evidence," Ogg said. "And yet those accused of crimes out of Precinct 4 were never informed, their lawyers weren't informed, even the prosecutors handling the cases weren't informed, that there was missing or destroyed evidence."

Like Anderson, Ogg has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She also led the non-profit Crime Stoppers of Houston for seven years.

Listen to Ogg’s full interview with Houston Matters:

 

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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