Archive | December, 2010

“Fountain’s Pen” enters new phase

December 28, 2010

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Regular readers of “Fountain’s Pen” (all five of you) may have noticed that after a flurry of posts earlier in December, my output has dropped somewhat. Partly that had to do with the holidays and the attendant drop in newsworthy events.

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East End communities spotlighted in fight against oil pipeline

December 16, 2010

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As steam rose from the stacks of the nearby Valero Energy refinery, environmental activists on Thursday described the dangers they say a proposed crude oil pipeline and its product pose to residents of east Houston’s Manchester neighborhood.

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Appeals court orders stay in death penalty hearing

December 7, 2010

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A Texas appeals court late Tuesday called a halt to the extraordinary hearing on the constitutionality on the death penalty in Texas heard over the past two days in a Harris County trial court. But that was after the judge in the case heard from two expert witnesses about problems associated with prosecuting capital offenses.

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Harris County prosecutors “stand mute” in death penalty hearing

December 6, 2010

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Perhaps the biggest news from the first day of a hearing on the constitutionality of the Texas death penalty is that prosecutors from Harris County — once known for sending more people to death row than any other jurisdiction in the country — have chosen to take no active role in the proceedings.

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Jury finds Guedry guilty of official oppression

December 3, 2010

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James Cody Guedry gave no outward reaction Friday as a Jefferson County jury found the Beaumont police officer guilty of official oppression in connection with twice using a Taser against Derrick Newman on the night of Aug. 24, 2007.

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Guedry case goes to the jury

December 2, 2010

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Following compelling closing arguments from both sides, a Jefferson County jury is now deliberating whether Beaumont police officer James Cody Guedry unlawfully and intentionally mistreated Derrick Newman by twice using a Taser against him.

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Guedry takes the stand in official oppression trial

December 2, 2010

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James Cody Guedry, the Beaumont police officer whose pat-down search of Derrick Newman ended in Newman being struck 13 times with a baton and shocked twice by a Taser, denied mistreating the man during his first public account of those events.

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Newman testimony, gamesmanship mark second day of trial

December 1, 2010

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The second full day of Beaumont police officer James Cody Guedry’s official oppression trial began with tense questioning of a detective by prosecutors, moved into compelling testimony by the complaining witness, and ended with a flurry of legal gamesmanship.

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