Jackson Lee calls for inquiry into Harris County

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee is calling
for a congressional inquiry into what she believes is a state of
crisis within the Harris County legal system.
The Houston Democrat primarily cited the recent grand jury
decision not to indict suburban homeowner Joe Horn. The retired
grandfather shot to death two men he suspected of burglarizing a
neighbor's home.
Jackson Lee says she wants to know whether prosecutors presented
the case properly to the grand jury. She says she just returned
from a trip overseas, where the case had cast the Houston area in a
negative light.
She also cited a recent controversy involving the Harris County
Sheriff's Office. Leaders there are under fire for a string of
racially insensitive e-mails, including some that mocked the
Islamic religion.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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