Houston DA Checked on Critical Grand Jurors in Google Search


After denying any investigation into grand jurors who for six months investigated her office, Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos said she directed her chief investigator to run “a cursory Internet search,” the Houston Chronicle reports. Sources say an investigation by the DA’s office into grand jurors, two judges, and a political opponent of Lykos was ongoing during the grand jury’s probe. This week, the grand jury ended its investigation of possible problems with evidence from the Houston Police Department’s DWI testing vehicles and the DA’s office involvement.

The grand jury then accused Lykos’ office of investigating them. Lykos first denied it, then said that because her office was “unfairly attacked” she had ordered an Internet search of members of the grand jury. “We were simply trying to learn if there was a political motivation behind the attacks,” Lykos said. She suggested that a simple Google search did not rise to the level of “investigation.” “The purpose of the Internet search was to simply try and determine what were the reasons for this grand jury’s radical, erratic and what we believed to be unlawful actions,” she said.

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