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Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg sent a letter to members of the Houston Area Police Chiefs Association Wednesday suggesting that Harris County judges and magistrates are stopping too many cases in their tracks by ruling that no probable cause exists to prosecute the suspect. That finding of probable cause is one of the critical early hurdles a case has to clear before it can ever see a courtroom.

An increase in these rulings, Ogg wrote to police chiefs, “may be negatively impacting public safety. It is also indicative of a trend in judicial discretion that directly affects our overall community and your law enforcement officers.”

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