From April 2013
Branden Purcell’s civil lawsuit against Sebastian County, Arkansas is still pending, with the Sheriff filing a general denial of the allegations in the lawsuit.
Sgt. Mark Hunter, accused of multiple episodes of using excessive force, died from an apparent heart attack. His partner, Kareem Puranda, who had been fired for excessive force, was found not guilty in U.S. District Court on a charge of violating a citizen’s civil rights.
Army Sgt. C.J. Grisham was convicted of Interference with Public Duties, Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 38.15 (Vernon), and fined $2,000 by the jury. Grisham states that he is going to appeal, but as of today, nothing is showing at the Third Court of Appeals. The conviction, based on the dash cam video, is probably going to be upheld. See Duncantell v. State, 230 S.W.3d 835 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, pet. ref’d). At 0:23 in the video, the officer attempts to disarm Grisham and Grisham immediately grabs the stock and forearm of the rifle, which causes the officer to draw his sidearm. Grisham then drops his arms and the officer places him on the hood of the car. Grisham is also complaining that the police won’t return the guns to him. Well, duh! If you appeal and win, you could be ordered to face a new trial, where they would need the guns for evidence. You need to make a decision, either let the judgment go final and get your guns back, or appeal it and wait.
I couldn’t find anything new on Alexander Lege, or any of the other April stories.