The Houston Chronicle had a "breaking story" today that the Harris County District Attorney's Office under Kim Ogg was recusing itself from the ultra-high publicity capital murder trial of Shannon Miles for the murder of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth. Although the story may have been "breaking" news to the intrepid reporters of the Chronicle, the recusal was old news around the CJC and had been mentioned a couple of times here on the blog (in the comments).
The reason for the recusal was because Chief of Staff, Vivian King, had previously represented one or more witnesses involved in the case, including Miles' mother.
That's a relatively removed relationship to the case for Ogg to pull the plug, especially in comparison to her steadfast refusal to recuse the Office from the David Temple case. The logic to recuse the Office from a case because a staff member represented a potential witness on the case versus not recusing the Office when a staff member represented the actual freaking defendant defies logic.
However, Kim Ogg's ever-shifting standards do make sense, I suppose, if you look at them from her political based motivations. She took half a million dollars from liberal financier George Soros, and he's not a fan of the death penalty. However, Shannon Miles is accused of executing a uniformed Harris County Deputy at point blank range. In any other jurisdiction, the elected D.A. would be chomping at the bit to announce "The State is ready." in front of a jury. The public would and should expect that, and I guarantee you that the police expect it, as well.
From a political standpoint, Ogg finds herself between a rock and a hard place.
Therefore, it is small wonder that she played the legal equivalent of Six-Degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon while trying to find a way to weasel out of the case.
The decision to recuse the Office from Goforth/Miles case probably is the right decision in the big scheme of things. However, as I've noted before the appearance of impropriety in all criminal cases . . .
. . . Not just the ones that Kim Ogg finds are too politically hot to touch.