BAT van controversy court appearances begin Monday

November 6, 2011 5:42:45 AM PST
Monday morning, when two top prosecutors are expected to go before a judge, it won't be to argue for the state. They will have to stand on their own behalf.

Those two prosecutors, along with two court reporters, will have to explain how they got their hands on information that may contain transcripts from secret proceedings of a grand jury investigation into the district attorney's office.

The investigation into the Harris County DA's office stems from the city's blood alcohol testing vans, or BAT vans.

13 Undercover exposed maintenance problems with the Houston Police Department BAT vans that could have led to bad test results.

Last month, the assistant DAs were kicked out of the grand jury room when the grand jury wanted to hear about those issues without them present.

District Attorney Pat Lykos told Eyewitness News she did not agree with that decision and tried to fight it.

But now, a judge wants her top prosecutors and two court reporters to explain why they have documents with specific information on those secret proceedings.

Our KTRK legal analyst says the prosecutors and court workers could be held in contempt or even sanctioned.


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