Just when I think she can't be a more shamelessly self-aggrandizing politician, she pulls something new out of her little white Boss Ogg hat.
. . . unlike the DEFENSE BAR, whose only duty is to THEIR CLIENTS . . . GUILTY OR NOT! . . . prosecutors are tasked under the law with protecting everyone's rights, in our search for the truth in every single case.
And then she finishes with . . . .wait for it . . .
. . . And that's why I call us the Guardians of Justice!
Highlight # 3 -- Blame the Judges and their Low Bonds
So, apparently, the real masterminds behind the "Crime Wave" affecting Harris County are those damn judges who are letting everyone out of jail. At the 13:30 mark, almost a full minute after blasting the Defense Bar,
Star Lord Kimbra goes after the Judiciary.
While we know that 55 hundred violent offenders are in jail awaiting trial [TRANSLATION: "waiting on discovery"], tens of thousands more are out on bail. At least four thousand of them are repeat and violent high-risk offenders on ankle monitors. Let's get them to trial!
Seriously, go back and watch how Kim sounds like a high school cheerleader when she exclaims that "Let's get them to trial!" part. It's plain silliness. Like she just came up with that idea and is suddenly yelling "Go team! Go!"
But wait, there's more.
She takes a potshot at Pre-Trial as she continues to levy the blame for the carnage and maiming (yes, maiming) affecting Houston on these damn low bonds.
We've seen defendants commit crimes even while wearing ankle monitors and we know that we're rarely notified. It's these repeat and violent offenders, freed on insufficient bail, who are contributing to the crime wave that's killing, injuring, maiming Houstonians.
Highlight # 4 -- the Emergency Case Backlog Reduction Program
Once done blaming everyone but herself (and also, strangely, Covid) for the backlog, Kim gets down to business by rolling out her new idea called the Emergency Case Backlog Reduction Program.
This new and innovative program authorizes overtime and extra pay for prosecutors to examine cases and determine whether or not they are serious or violent offenses. If they are not, offer Diversion Programs that help move less serious cases.
What a fantastic idea. Wish I had thought of it. Better yet, I wish she had implemented it at, you know, like at the START of the pandemic.
The defense needs to respond. After all, it's in their clients' best interest.
Um, yeah. The first time I let a grandstanding-ass-politician like Kim Ogg tell me what's in my client's best interest is the day I need to hang up my law license.
Diversion programs are very nice resolutions to the cases the State can actually prove, but if Kim thinks attorneys are going to be flocking to those programs without evaluating the cases against their clients first, she's really banking on a large batch of ineffective defense attorneys. Diversion Programs are not a substitute to fighting a bad case, just fyi. In addition to having the tool of a diversion program, Kim needs to make sure that her prosecutors know that they can dump a piece of crap case without repercussions, as well.
Take charge, Senior Prosecutors. Help us make this program work!
There is no doubt that experience matters and Kim is right to call upon the senior prosecutors to help combat violent crime. There's just one small problem with that...
She's fired or otherwise run off the vast majority of them.
Team, we have a big job ahead of us, but the STATE is ready!
Those of us who practice in the CJC know that under Kim Ogg's leadership, nothing could be further from the truth.