From the Motion:
Prior to this subtle, yet important, revelation, I think it is fair to say that most of us did not realize Clappart had actually been an employee of David Temple's. We just thought he was looking into some information on behalf of his buddy, John Denholm. The fact that the lead investigator for the D.A.'s Office actually used to work for David Temple really begs the question "why did it take Kim Ogg so long to realize the tremendous conflict of interest the Office had?"
Regardless of how
Well, maybe not.
I received word from multiple sources this morning that former-Temple-investigator-turned-Chief-Investigator-for-the-D.A.'s-Office Steve Clappart may not have gotten the memo on that.
Apparently, one of the named "witnesses" in Clappart and Denholm's silly alternative suspect warrant picked up a Felony D.W.I. warrant this week in a Harris County District Court. Despite the Office's self-recusal on the Temple case, those sources told me this morning that Clappart went to the court to inform prosecutors not to allow the case to plead without his approval. He apparently wants to use the witness's precarious legal position as an opportunity to get some real "truth about Temple" out of the guy.
This presents a couple of interesting questions:
1. Why is the Chief Investigator of all the Investigators in Harris County, Texas so interested in a Felony DWI case?
2. Does Clappart think he should be approaching a Defendant charged with a felony and interviewing him?
3. If the D.A.'s Office is no longer handling the prosecution of David Temple, does that mean they can handle his defense? That seems to be the angle Clappart is working.
4. Are taxpayers now paying Clappart to work on the Temple defense?
5. How did Clappart even know this guy got charged with a DWI? Hundreds of people get charged with a crime in Harris County each day. How did he know about this one? The Office can put a "tickler" on the computer for notifications if a certain person picks up new charges. Did Clappart or (more likely) John Denholm put a "tickler" for this particular witness?
6. If Denholm or Clappart did put a tickler out for parties they believed to be involved in the Temple case, are they flagrantly violating Kim Ogg's Motion to Recuse?
I don't know the answer to these questions, but it does appear that the Office has not completely relinquished control of the David Temple case quite yet. It seems like this is something that Kim Ogg should probably clarify to the public.
Or, at least, clarify it to Clappart.