Interesting choice. The reason cited by Ogg is that she needs to review it because of the controversial actions taken by then Assistant District Attorney, Kelly Siegler.
Unfortunately for Ogg, that makes absolutely zero sense.
The Court of Criminal Appeals has already reversed the case and sent it back for retrial after evaluating Siegler's actions on the case. As I noted in my last post, she is no longer a factor in what happens on the case from here on.
If there is sufficient evidence to proceed on the case, then it should proceed. If there is not, then it shouldn't. Plain and simple. Unless Team Temple wants to make the argument that Kelly Siegler was the actual killer, there is no longer any involvement that she has in the case.
So, why would Kim Ogg keep it herself?
Well, as the elected District Attorney she certainly has that right, I suppose. However, it sure seems suspicious. It seems even more suspicious when you have Temple Defense Team Leader, Stanley Schneider, acting as Ogg's spokesperson.
Schneider said he thinks it will take her [Ogg] at least two months just to read all of the information.
"And then comes the hard part, she has to digest it all," he said. "She has to come to her own conclusions."
Schneider said he and Temple are comfortable with Ogg taking the time to personally review the file.
"If she's comfortable with it, I'm comfortable with it," he said.No mention was made of whether or not Stanley kept a straight face during the interview. Mental note: never rob a bank with Stanley. Why on earth is he so well informed on everything that Ogg will be doing? It's almost like they are on the same side or something.
Here's a small tidbit, when the Defense Attorney is telling you everything that the District Attorney is going to be doing, that usually means that the District Attorney is doing everything the Defense Attorney wants her to be doing.
Think about it. So, Stanley and Temple are "comfortable" with whatever Kim decides, are they? Will that be true if Kim decides that Temple needs to just plead guilt to murder?
Of course not.
Stanley and Temple declaring their high level of comfort with Ogg's decision seems to strongly indicate that they already know what that decision is. Ogg's rejection of having a panel review means that there will never be the unpleasant possibility of one of the panel members later telling somebody what factors went into making a controversial decision.
By acting as a One Woman Review Team, Ogg can simply do whatever she pleases, and then give a stoic, Harry S Truman-esque speech about how the Buck Stops With Her, and she will shoulder criticism in the name of Justice.
That would be more impressive if any of us actually believed she was reviewing it with an open mind.
As I, and others, have noted, Ogg can avoid the massive massive massive massive appearance of impropriety by just asking another agency to review the case in her stead. She has now rejected that.
Kim seems more than willing to tarnish her legacy before it begins.
Her One Woman Review Team absolutely reeks of the fix already being in.