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How Will the DA’s Office of Professional Integrity Work?

Last month, new Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg named Judge David Mendoza to lead a newly created Office of Professional Integrity. Just what will this office do? We ask Judge Mendoza. Ogg created the office in the wake of the previous DA’s office receiving criticism over a number of things, including: the improper disposal of evidence […]

(Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)Last month, new Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg named Judge David Mendoza to lead a newly created Office of Professional Integrity. Just what will this office do? We ask Judge Mendoza.

Ogg created the office in the wake of the previous DA’s office receiving criticism over a number of things, including: the improper disposal of evidence from hundreds of criminal cases by some Harris County deputies, forcing dozens of dismissals, a prosecutor jailing a rape survivor for almost a month to ensure her testimony and evidence withheld from the defense in another case which led to the thrown-out conviction of a man on death row for the murder of a police officer.

We learn what role Mendoza’s office will seek to play in stopping such incidents before they happen.

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