Judge May Disallow ‘Fight Club’ Videos At Texas Trial
Cell phone videos allegedly showing staffers at a Texas institution forcing residents with disabilities to fight each other likely won’t be admissible as evidence at the trial of the man accused of taking the videos.
The cell phone videos, which were discovered in March, uncovered a so-called “fight club” at the Corpus Christi State School in Corpus Christi, Texas whereby residents were forced into overnight fights, which police say went on nearly every night for over a year.
Six former employees at the facility have been indicted in the case.
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A judge said Monday she may not allow the videos to be used at the trial of Timothy Dixon, a former employee. The videos were found on Dixon’s phone after he left it at a discount store. The man who found the phone discovered the videos and turned them over to police.
Dixon’s attorney argued that the phone was stolen property when the videos were discovered and should therefore be dismissed as evidence. The judge said the law appears to disallow admitting the videos, but she is giving prosecutors more time to find case law to prove otherwise.
The judge’s decision in Dixon’s case will not determine whether the videos can be used in trials against other former employees, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. To read more click here.