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Newman civil rights violations lawsuit goes to jury

February 3, 2014

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A jury is now deliberating the federal civil rights violations of Derrick Newman against two Beaumont police officers (one now retired) he accuses of using excessive force against him during an August 2007 traffic stop.

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Burke and Guedry defend their actions in Newman civil trial

February 1, 2014

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During a trial that had already seen a fair share of dramatics, arguably the most scorching moment came Friday when former Beaumont police officer David Todd Burke neared the end of heated cross-examination by plaintiff’s attorney Langston Adams.

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Derrick Newman’s federal civil trial against two Beaumont officers begins

January 30, 2014

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More than six years after their first fateful encounter on a late August night in 2007, Derrick Newman testified Thursday in his federal civil rights violations lawsuit against two Beaumont police officers.

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Federal panel rules against Burke and Guedry in civil case

December 21, 2012

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In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge federal appeals court panel has denied the appeal of a current and a former Beaumont police officer of a ruling in the civil suit brought against them for violating a man’s Constitutional rights during a traffic stop.

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Attorneys for Burke, Guedry ask appeals court to dismiss Newman case

October 3, 2012

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After hearing oral arguments Wednesday, a three-judge federal appeals panel will decide whether a Beaumont man can bring to civil trial the two Beaumont police officers whose use of force against him more than five years ago resulted in a set of community-dividing criminal trials.

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Appeals court upholds ruling granting Guedry a new trial

September 5, 2012

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A Texas appeals court upheld on Wednesday a state district judge’s ruling that Beaumont police officer James Cody Guedry should get a retrial of his conviction for official oppression for using a Taser against an unarmed man.

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Appeals court grants Burke a new trial

June 27, 2012

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Texas’ highest criminal court has ordered that former Beaumont police officer David Todd Burke will get a new trial following his conviction for official oppression.

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Appeals court hears arguments in Burke case

March 21, 2012

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Texas’ highest criminal court will decide if the judge in the trial in which former Beaumont police officer David Todd Burke was convicted of official oppression erred by not allowing defense attorneys to strike for cause a potential juror who indicated he might not be able to be fair.

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Federal appeals court sides with Beaumont in Newman case

March 15, 2012

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A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a district judge’s ruling that the city of Beaumont should not be a defendant in the civil rights lawsuit of Derrick Newman against two police officers.

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‘Zero Tolerance’ policy questioned in Newman appeal arguments

February 7, 2012

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Whether a so-called “zero tolerance policy” instituted by the Beaumont Police Department in designated high-crime areas of the city led to the beating and Tasing of Derrick Newman in August 2007 was the the primary focus of oral arguments in Newman’s civil lawsuit before a federal appeals court Tuesday.

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