HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The race between Kim Ogg and Devon Anderson was an ugly one. It's over but the fighting isn't– at least not between Ogg and some now former prosecutors.
“I couldn't sleep last night. I haven't been this upset in a long time. The lack of professionalism and the deliberate sabotage as it appears based on the evidence that I have right now is beyond the pale. It stops now.,” Ogg said in front of the criminal courthouse.
Ogg says hours after she sent letters last Friday notifying 37 ADA's that they would not be asked to serve in her administration, she started getting phone calls. They were from crime victims or relatives of crime victims saying that prosecutors had contacted them.
Ogg says according to them, the prosecutors gave them inaccurate information about the status of their cases. In one call, they told victims the case wouldn't be prosecuted. During another, the caller told relatives in a capital murder case Ogg wouldn't seek the death penalty.
Ogg says she sent a letter to First Assistant Belinda Hill that reads in part:
The use of official and confidential information available only to the prosecutors handling these cases is unethical and possibly illegal. I urge you to immediately halt the access to all official information by these prosecutors and any others engaged in these despicable actions.
She names the three prosecutors who allegedly made the calls but admits she had no concrete evidence of their guilt so we are withholding their names. She insists what they did is a crime.
“There's enough information to go forward with an investigation and the day that I take office that's what I intend to do,” said Ogg.
Anderson declined to comment but her spokesperson pointed out prosecutors have a legal obligation to tell victims when they are no longer handling their cases.
Late today one of the prosecutors, Justin Keiter, came forward with this statement:
This morning, District Attorney-Elect, Kim Ogg, held a press conference wherein she attacked and defamed me. Her unfounded allegations unjustly harmed the reputation I’ve worked so hard to obtain while serving victims of crime and seeking justice for the citizens of Harris County.
Her accusations are false and demonstrate a reckless disregard for the truth. Ms. Ogg suggested I misinformed and mislead a human trafficking victim who I care deeply about and worked tirelessly to bring her the justice she deserved. This accusation is patently false and I assure all the facts will decisively prove me right.
To suggest I have done something criminal is outrageous, reckless, and irreparably damages my reputation and character. I have done nothing of the sort.
I have no doubt that when all the facts are uncovered and the truth comes out, I will be vindicated. Until then, I demand Ms. Ogg retract her accusations regarding me and apologize to me and my family.
If Ms. Ogg wanted the truth, she could have contacted me. I’d be happy to debunk her false accusations. Instead, she held a press conference outside the courthouse to attack me. I look forward to providing all relevant information regarding this sad situation in the near future.