The role of law and the courts, both in the U.S. and abroad, in addressing climate change is shifting away from a “sector-by-sector” approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions toward one focused on determining how climate change impacts on people and holding emitters directly responsible, a panel of experts said at the University of Houston Law Center last week.
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January 21, 2015
The official oppression charges against two Beaumont police officers — David Todd Burke and James Cody Guedry — stemming from a 2007 altercation with Derrick Newman were dismissed at the end of last year, Jefferson County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Pat Knauth confirmed on Wednesday.
February 3, 2014
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.
February 1, 2014
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.
January 30, 2014
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.
December 21, 2012
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.
October 3, 2012
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.
September 5, 2012
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.
June 27, 2012
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.
March 21, 2012
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.