Posted Oct 27, 2011 12:14 am CDT
In the latest development in an unusual runaway grand jury investigation in Texas, the judge overseeing the Harris County case has disqualified the local district attorney’s office and appointed two private practitioners as temporary prosecutors.
In an order today appointing the lawyers, who are both former prosecutors, State District Judge Susan Brown said the grand jury is probing “possible criminal conduct by members of the Harris County district attorney’s office,” reports the Houston Chronicle.
Also apparently at issue in the investigation are breath alcohol testing vehicles used by the Houston police department, according to the newspaper.
The grand jury made headlines by ordering Harris County prosecutors from the courtroom, an action that was upheld both by Brown and a state appellate court.