The District Attorney Should Investigate…Herself!

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Houston District Attorney Kim Ogg
District Attorney Kim Ogg

Who would dare threaten Harris County Prosecutors?

An email to Harris County Assistant District Attorneys notified them of a planned speech by their boss, elected Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, at a voter registration drive later this month.

Then, the email crossed the line.

“Part of every employee’s performance evaluation includes a grade for personal development. This includes community activities and volunteering for projects like this,” the email read.

The internal message obtained by Dolcefino Consulting then tells prosecutors to contact Mark Goldberg of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office if they plan to volunteer. Goldberg is a former Houston City Councilmember who joined Ogg’s office last year as a “baby” prosecutor. He is a former law school classmate of Ogg.

“So, when the boss asks you to volunteer to help her and then tells you your job may depend on what you decide, that’s a problem,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

“Using your position to coerce public employees is a pretty classic case of abuse of official capacity,” Dolcefino says. “I am sure the crack public integrity prosecutors at the Harris County District Attorney’s office have read the email.”

“What do you do when it’s the District Attorney who may be guilty of breaking the law? Unless of course Goldberg thought of this all by himself,” asks Dolcefino.

The voter registration drive that prompted the internal message is being held by the Ministers Coalition of Harris County on the morning of June 27th, 2020. “This will also be a food giveaway,” the email obtained by Dolcefino Consulting reads. “DA Kim Ogg will be speaking at this event and is looking for volunteers to join her in assisting this underserved community.”

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