This is not good news. From the InBox:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 3, 2018
DA RECUSES HERSELF ON TURNER COMPLAINT, BUT WHY?
The Harris County District Attorney has filed a sealed court motion to recuse her office from further investigation into a Dolcefino Consulting criminal complaint filed against Mayor Turner for hiding e-mails.
Judge David Mendoza, the ethics counsel for Kim Ogg informed us of the decision Thursday.
The reason: Dolcefino Consulting served as Communications Advisors to Ogg in her campaign for District Attorney.
“One of the reasons I wanted to help Ms. Ogg become District Attorney was because of her promise to me to be aggressive on issues of public integrity. If I had known then she would seek to recuse herself from investigations involving my firm I would have told her no,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “I find it odd that when my office complained on a powerful Democratic politician our Democratic DA got a sudden case of conflict of interest.”
Dolcefino Consulting accused Turner of hiding e-mails with Maya Ford, a virtual goddaughter to Turner, and the beneficiary of consulting contracts since Turner took office. Ogg’s office has been sitting on the complaint for 5 months, and there is no evidence they’ve even asked City Hall to show them the e-mails.
“In my view, the District Attorney is already in violation of the law too, since it required them to respond within a month to our complaint,” says Dolcefino. “Houstonians should be asking some tough questions about public integrity in this town.”
Judge Mendoza says the Turner case also became intertwined with the prosecution of Cypress Creek EMS for violating state charity laws. The Northwest Harris County Ambulance company faces criminal charges stemming from a complaint from Dolcefino Consulting after refusing to turn over payroll records for 911 employees. Ogg has now asked for a special prosecutor to take over that case, even though it has been ongoing since she became District Attorney fifteen months ago.
The FBI is probing possible fraud in the 911 service in ESD #11 and employees of CCEMS recently testified in front of a grand jury.
“It is no secret my office has been highly critical of Ms. Ogg’s alleged office of Public Integrity,” says Dolcefino. “Kim Ogg has now been District Attorney for fifteen months.”
Records obtained by Dolcefino Consulting show Ogg’s office waited five months to tell the Houston Independent School District after we formally complained some Democratic school board members were hiding phone records. By the time HISD turned over the records, the phone records we wanted had been discarded. The DA let them get away with it.
Early this year Ogg’s office falsely claimed our complaint about Democratic HCC Board Member Adriana Tamez was unfounded. Dolcefino Consulting turned over hours of video surveillance and utility records proving Tamez did not live in the District she was elected to represent. The Public Integrity Unit claimed they did a thorough investigation, but refused to turn over records showing the public what they did or didn’t do.
“Our District Attorney has the authority to initiate investigations without a formal complaint, but those are their rules. Now, when my Investigative Communications Firm complains, they play games, and now want to hand off the hot potatoes,” says Dolcefino. “In this town, a growing number of people are hiring us to help get them justice. Ms. Ogg could have chosen to help us clean up the town, but she isn’t.”
Let’s face it. Houston government has embraced Detroit style cronyism and corruption. Turner has been a player for a long time and can rely on many friends in the legislature to cover for him.
I at least had a smidgeon of hope for Ogg. More than I did for Devon Anderson anyway. Keep it up Wayndo.
Howie Katz says
I strongly opposed the election of uber-liberal, pro-pot, anti-death penalty Kim Ogg. It’s good to know there are other reasons she should not have been elected. But now we’re stuck with Ogg for God knows how long since Harris County is heavily Democratic.
Joseph A Olson says
Forwarded to two ‘reporters’ at Breitbart/Texas, we’ll see if these Alt-right, MSM Lite phonies cover this. Voters had no choice as CFR Perry appointed Devon “Demon” Anderson was proven corrupt on Planned Fetus Peddler bust, dropping DUI on buddies. We have been systematically lied to about everything.
Part of me wants to remind Wayne of the old saying; “Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.” The other part wonders who is paying his company to do all these investigations, his admission that he helped Ms. Ogg get elected in part because he thought she’d help him is just part of the irony.
Fred Flickinger says
I don’t care who is paying for the investigations, I only care whether or not there has been wrong doing.
[email protected] says
Peter. My company wants the DA to be aggressive in public integrity. Period. I don’t put my name on any complaint unless I believe it is right. Kind of a justice concept
Mr. Dolcefino, you devoted a great deal of time and energy to make sure Ms. Ogg became DA. You are just now finding out what so many said about her prior to and during her previous campaigns for office?!? For what it’s worth, I believe that when accusations about a conservative are brought forth, Ms. Ogg will make sure it is investigated in great detail, most in such positions of power tend to apply a stricter standard to their opponents. But neither Ms. Ogg nor Ms. Anderson were going to be champions of public integrity, at least nobody I’ve met suggests as much.
As far as my curiosity regarding your motives, let’s just say that I’m sure you believe your investigations were valid and that your clients received their money’s worth. I’m not one of your die hard fans or haters but I saw enough from your televised investigations over the years that I would scrutinize them an extra degree myself, knowing your team spent many hours at great expense to someone looking for a particular outcome. Unlike Ms. Ogg, I wouldn’t automatically throw them in the reject file but I’d be cautious to ferret out your biases while reviewing them. You know, kind of a justice concept.