Prosecutors Back Dismissal of 91 More Cases Involving the Houston Cop Who Lied to Justify a Deadly Drug Raid
Harris County, Texas, District Attorney Kim Ogg plans to support the reversal of “at least 91” more convictions in cases involving Gerald Goines, the former Houston narcotics officer whose fraudulent search warrant affidavit led to the January 2019 drug raid that killed Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas. Ogg’s office had already backed the dismissal of 73 cases initiated by Goines, who faces state murder charges and federal civil rights charges in connection with the deadly invasion of the middle-aged couple’s house on Harding Street.
“We will continue to work to clear people convicted solely on the word of a police officer who we can no longer trust,” Ogg said in a press release last Thursday. “We are committed to making sure the criminal justice [system] is fair and just for everyone.”
The latest batch of questionable cases all involved search warrants obtained by Goines. The previous batch involved cases in which Goines was the only purported witness to drug transactions he claimed to have observed.
Prosecutors are filing motions asking that lawyers be appointed for each of the 91 defendants. If those lawyers decide that Goines’ sworn statements were material in convicting their clients and seek new trials on that basis (both of which seem likely), prosecutors “anticipate that they will agree to relief and eventual dismissal,” Ogg said.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that every conviction in which Goines was the major player, for the past 1
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