HOUSTON - Devon Anderson, the Harris County District Attorney recently announced a new plan to deal with those arrested for first-time marijuana offenses.
"We will still deal harshly with marijuana dealers, with people who are trucking in kilos of marijuana," she said. "That's not going to change. What I'm trying to do is keep people from having that life ruining 1st conviction."
Former prosecutor Kim Ogg cried foul. Ogg, who is running against Anderson for the D.A. job, says it's a flip-flop on Anderson's part and is copying a plan she announced months ago.
"I think that we want to give people an additional chance to keep their record clean and would want to have something as a benefit, like community service which is what I've proposed," Ogg said. "I call Ms. Anderson's program the "me too" program because of her change in position."
That's just one such exchange in a lively half hour on Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall this week.
Anderson: "I feel like I'm on the right track if the Houston Chronicle is not endorsing me."
Ogg: "It takes more than joining a task force here and there. (to have a successful D.A.'s office) It takes real leadership."
Anderson: If you want a conservative person who's been a prosecutor who promises to follow the law, who has been following the law, who has not been trying to re-write or selectively prosecute those laws which she likes or doesn't like then I'm the person to vote for."
Ogg: "I was the only gang prosecutor from 92 until 94 and I gotta tell you, one person handling the fourth biggest city in the country wasn't enough 25 years ago. It's definitely not enough now."
It's a packed half hour on this week's Houston Newsmakers. Tune in to help decide how you'll vote for the Harris County D.A. Watch it Sunday at 10 a.m. right after Meet the Press.
• Devon Anderson, Harris County District Attorney, 713-755-5800 app.dao.hctx.net/OurOffice/Contacts.aspx
• Kim Ogg, 713-974-1600
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