Judge recommends man arrested by disgraced ex-Houston officer be declared innocent

first_imgiStock(HOUSTON) — A Texas judge has recommended that a man who was convicted based on allegedly false evidence from a disgraced former Houston police officer be declared innocent, prosecutors said.Judge Ramona Franklion ordered that Otis Mallet be declared innocent on Monday after prosecutors and defense attorneys submitted a joint filing, claiming the case against him had been built on false claims made by former Houston Police Department Officer Gerald Goines.“Mr. Mallet’s case is significant because it appears that Mr. Goines was operating outside of the law for more than a decade,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. “There’s no telling how many cases like this may be out there.”Mallet was convicted in 2011 after Goines claimed he’s participated in a drug deal. Goines testified that Mallet and his brother sold him crack cocaine for $200 in 2008 while he working as an undercover narcotics officer.Prosecutors said Goines’ testimony was “the cornerstone” of the case against Mallet, although four neighbors disputed the story in court.Mallet was convicted based on the officer’s testimony and has served two years of an eight-year sentence.Prosecutors decided to reopen the case last month when Goines was indicted on charges of felony murder and tampering with a government record in connection. The charges stemmed from a botched drug raid that left two people dead and four officers wounded.Upon re-examining the case against Mallet, prosecutors found that Goines had repeatedly lied about nearly every aspect of his testimony, according to court records.Ogg said thousands of cases could come under scrutiny in light of the charges against Goines.“Now we know Mr. Goines was lying and using the district attorney’s office as a tool to convict people wrongfully more than a decade ago,” Ogg said in a statement. “This case also raises questions about how buy-money was being issued by the Houston Police Department’s narcotics division, and how drug payouts were being supervised and audited.”Nicole DeBorde, Goines’ attorney, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, but she told the Houston Chronicle that Ogg’s actions were a “media stunt.”“The DA’s office is using this as way to bolster their position in the other case,” she said.Mallet’s case will now go to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for review. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tottenham were distracted lot, feels boss Pochettino

first_img Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino Lacklustre startPochettino conceded there are still issues behind the scenes, contributing to Tottenham’s lacklustre start just months after their run to the Champions League final. “When you have an unsettled squad always it’s difficult and you lose time and then you need time to recover the time you lose,” said Pochettino. “That’s where we are. Maybe our performances are good, but you need this extra, which is mental, connection, it’s energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. We need time again to build that togetherness that you need when you are competing at this level. We are in a period where it’s a bit tough for us but we keeping working to find a solution. “When this type of thing happens it’s about staying clear and fresh and calm. We’re trying to find solutions and we only need time.” No quick fixPochettino is not looking at a quick fix and is already eyeing up the next two transfer windows to refresh a group that appears to have grown stale. “January is going to be a good opportunity to try and fix this type of situation and sort it,” said Pochettino. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Colchester (UK): Mauricio Pochettino claimed his struggling Tottenham side are “unsettled” after they suffered an embarrassing League Cup third-round defeat at fourth-tier Colchester on Tuesday. Pochettino’s team were beaten 3-4 on penalties after being held to a goalless draw by a club 71 places below them, with Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura both missing during the shoot-out. It was appropriate that Eriksen’s effort was saved as the Denmark playmaker has been focus for much of the unrest in the Tottenham camp. Eriksen said he wanted a new challenge at the end of last season, but his hopes of securing a move were dashed. Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama also endured uncertainty about their futures and, even now the transfer window is closed, it remains uncertain whether they have long-term prospects at the club.Related News Tottenham Hotspur sack head coach Mauricio Pochettino Micah Richards: Can’t write off Manchester City in EPL title racelast_img read more