Houston’s Harris County district attorney, Mike Anderson, froze 125 pending criminal cases after an FBI probe of two former investigators, one of whom was arrested, cast doubt on the men’s credibility, the Houston Chronicle reports. Lonnie Blevins was arrested last week, accused of selling thousands of dollars worth of rare comic books that were evidence in a case he worked on. Dustin Deutsch is also under federal investigation. Anderson halted 36 cases Blevins worked on before resigning to move to San Antonio in December as well as Deutsch’s 89 cases until the office can sort out the situation.
“The criminal justice system is only as good as the people who serve it,” Anderson said. “If Blevins, Deutsch or anyone else in my office engaged in criminal misconduct, I expect the FBI to ferret out the truth.” Blevins was one investigator who helped piece together the arson evidence against Jessica Tata, the home day care operator who was sentenced to 80 years after leaving seven toddlers alone to go shopping. A fire at the day care killed four of the children and injured the other three. “Who knows how big this thing will get,” said Chris Tritico, president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. “If there’s a deeper ‘theft ring’ that extends back over a period of years, then there will be a lot more cases that are affected.”