HOUSTON — The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has launched a review of more than 1,400 criminal cases spanning Houston Police Officer Gerald Goines’ decades-long career.
Twenty-eight of those cases are active.
“Our duty is to see that justice is done in every case,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Although the criminal investigation of Officer Goines is ongoing, we have an immediate ethical obligation to notify defendants and their lawyers in Goines’ other cases to give them an opportunity to independently review any potential defenses.”
The District Attorney’s Office sent notice today to the lawyers in all twenty-eight pending cases.
Notification in older cases will be ongoing.
Below is the text of letters signed Tuesday by Trial Bureau Chief David Mitcham:
“Please be informed that Houston Police Department Officer Gerald Goines has been relieved of duty and is currently under criminal investigation. Consequently, this office has placed a hold on the above-referenced case pending conclusion of the investigation. All questions regarding bail, discovery and any other pre-trial matter should be directed to the prosecutor handling the matter.”
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