Thursday, January 06, 2005

Tom Coleman Perjury Trial Nears

Judge Ron Chapman: "Tom Coleman is
simply not a credible witness under oath."
BBC News photo

started jury selection for Tom Coleman's perjury trial in a Lubbock
federal court on Tuesday. The trial itself is scheduled to start Monday.

Coleman was the undercover officer in the infamous Tulia drug stings, upon whose uncorroborated word 16% of the black population in that small West Texas town was incarcerated. All the defendants were pardoned by the Governor after Judge Ron Chapman halted testimony and declared that "Tom Coleman is simply not a credible witness under oath."

It's gonna be a big deal. Seventeen state and national media outlets have requested credentials from the court so far.

See also:

"Gypsy Cop" in Wikipedia,
Byrne task forces not just a Texas problem,
Byrne grant pays to prosecute Tom Coleman,
Local Officials Miss Boat on Byrne Funding,
Jury: DPS Promoted Cronies To Oversee Drug Task Forces,
TX House Committee: End Drug Task Force System!

1 comment:

Gritsforbreakfast said...

BTW, the mistaken federal courts item was taken from this TV news story, which was in error.