Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury on charges of aggravated perjury in connection with the use of profanity against another police official. The state alleged that Bradford lied under oath at a civil service hearing when he said he did not believe he had called an assistant chief an improper name. Bradford contended he did not remember having used the word on that occasion. The occasion at issue turned out to have been 18 months before.
State District Judge Brian Rains dismissed the charges minutes after the prosecution rested its case, finding the evidence was insufficient as a matter of law. Jurors later said they would have found the Chief not guilty if they had received the case.