Guilty plea in Texas “fight club”

7 Jul

One of the worst stories in the last year was the “fight club” environment in a Texas school for children with disabilities. I was disgusted then, it is disgusting now. But, at least there is some justice on the horizon.

From Disability Scoop:

D’Angelo Riley pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of causing injury to a disabled person. A former employee of the Corpus Christi State School in Corpus Christi, Texas, Riley was one of six charged after cell phone videos were discovered in March showing employees forcing residents to fight. Police said fights went on at the facility nearly every night for over a year. Riley is expected to be sentenced Thursday.

Meanwhile a judge said Tuesday that the cell phone videos would not be admissible as evidence at the trial of another former employee, Timothy Dixon. Prosecutors in the case said they would appeal the ruling and Dixon’s case is now postponed.

According to one news story, the reason the phone videos are out is because the evidence was obtained illegally. The person who found the phone didn’t intend to return it.

I await information on sentencing.

2 Responses to “Guilty plea in Texas “fight club””

  1. cpu52362 July 9, 2009 at 18:36 #

    From information in another report I find it in a confusing vein of interesting that they would justify the phone as stolen property for one person and not want to accept it as stolen property for the other person just because they were not the owner of the device.

    That article failed to mention the angle of illegally procured evidence though.

    However the incident got exposed, I am glad it got exposed, legally or not.

  2. Sullivan July 9, 2009 at 21:23 #

    There was an incident of abuse in a southern california home with California Department of Developmental Services clients. Cell phone videos were found that showed abuse. The solution? Ban cell phones.

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