February 26, 2020
Prosecutors have identified 69 individuals who may have been convicted on false evidence from former Houston Police narcotics officer Gerald Goines, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
As a result of an ongoing review of Goines’ work, prosecutors filed motions Wednesday requesting judges appoint lawyers for the 69 individuals so they can begin the process of possibly having their Goines-related convictions overturned.
Ogg has concluded that defendants in cases during the period from 2008 to 2019 in which Goines played a substantial role are entitled to a presumption that he provided false evidence to secure their convictions.
“We need to clear people convicted solely on the word of a police officer whom we can no longer trust,” Ogg said.
Most of the cases involve delivery of a controlled substance and nearly all resulted in the loss of liberty, ranging from a few months in the Harris County Jail to four years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In all cases, Goines was the sole witness to the offense.
Lawyers for each defendant would review whether the evidence presented by Goines was material in convicting their client – and if so, decide whether to request a new trial.
Ogg recently asked judges in two 2008 narcotics cases to rule that brothers Steven and Otis Mallet were the victims of false evidence presented by Goines and were actually innocent. The judges agreed with the District Attorney that the cases against the brothers were a “fraud.”