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Before the fireworks erupted on national television between Clinton and Trump on Monday, Houston saw its own fiery debate between the candidates for Harris County district attorney.
Republican incumbent Devon Anderson and Democratic challenger Kim Ogg pulled no punches in the only debate scheduled for the county's top law enforcement post.
"I think it's apparent for anybody who has been listening to Ms. Ogg that she is clearly not fit to be the Harris County district attorney," Anderson said in closing after a raucous debate in front of more than 300 people. "She can't do half of what she says she's going to do."
In her closing, Ogg reminded voters of the litany of problems that have erupted across the county's criminal justice system.
"We have a justice system that should rely upon evidence, but instead is being run by prosecutors who are led, apparently, by a win-at-all costs philosophy," Ogg said. "I have a vision for a justice system that treats us all the same under the law, that tries to help people, not just convict them."
The two women sparred over the treatment of a mentally ill rape victim who was jailed for several weeks last year by prosecutors under Anderson. They also talked at length about the emerging scandal over the unauthorized destruction of evidence at the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.