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Texas public defender's office seeks posthumous pardon for George Floyd

April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The pardon stems from a 2004 charge of possession of crack cocaine.

In the application, Allison Mathis of the Harris County Public Defender's Office said that even though Floyd worked to change his life after being released in 2013 from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the request for posthumous pardon wasn't based on what had or had not been done.

On March 8, 2019, the Harris County District Attorney's Office sent a letter to Floyd at a previous address in Houston trying to notify him that Goines was under criminal investigation and had been involved with Floyd's earlier case, the application states.

"It is our contention that Goines did the same thing in George Floyd's case as he did in the cases of so many others: He made up the existence of a confidential informant who provided crucial evidence to underpin the arrest and no one bothered to question the word of a veteran cop against that of a previously-convicted Black man," the application says.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office agreed to post-conviction relief for some of the defendants that were arrested by Goines, according to Floyd's posthumous pardon application.

"As part of our ongoing investigation of police corruption exposed by the Harding Street killings, we looked into posthumous relief for a 2004 drug conviction that ensnared George Floyd in the criminal justice system so long ago," Ogg said in a statement to CNN Monday.

"Prosecutors determined in 2019 that Floyd had been convicted on the lone word of Gerald Goines, a police officer we could no longer trust; we fully support a request that the Governor now pardon George Floyd from that drug conviction. "

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