HOUSTON – A well-known Houston political activist is facing a criminal indictment stemming from trumped-up charges of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Dr. Steven Hotze, a longtime Republican activist, was indicted by a Harris County grand jury in an October 2020 assault case. The indictment was confirmed Wednesday after- noon by Hotze’s attorney, Jared Woodfill.
The indictment relates to the alleged aggravated assault of a repairman held at gunpoint, falsely accused of committing voter fraud. A former Houston police captain named Mark Aguirre was charged in the case in December 2020.
Investigators say Aguirre targeted the repairman, falsely accusing him of carrying fraudulent ballots.
Court documents show Aguirre received a total of $266,400 from the Houston-based Liberty Center for God and Country to uncover the voter fraud. Woodfill confirmed that the organization is run by Hotze in a 2020 interview.
Hotze is now charged in connection with that same incident where the repairman was allegedly held at gunpoint.
“This is clearly a purely politically motivated prosecution,” said Woodfill, who then added, “This is clearly an attempt to silence Dr. Hotze and ruin his reputation in the community. “
Woodfill also questions the reasoning of the indictment, saying, “This is an abuse of the legal process in an effort to placate this very vocal critic of this district attorney.”
In recent years, Hotze has criticized DA Kim Ogg’s performance at the office.
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