The case of Demetrie Dixon moved forward this week when Dixon, accused of sexually assaulting two women while on duty as a Houston police officer, hired defense attorney Bill Stradley.
"I think [Dixon] is going to make an excellent witness for himself," Stradley told Hair Balls. "He's got a great personality, a great demeanor about him, and I think the jury will like him, as I certainly do."
Stradley added, "I anticipate that the jury is going to see some reasonable doubt in all this stuff."
Dixon's case, however, will offer some unique challenges for Stradley.
"I've handled cases all over the map," Stradley said. "But in terms of cases in which my client is a police officer accused of rape? No. I don't know that anybody has."
Toodles, for example, said Dixon "has a father [who] is a pastor! God will see you through."
Anonymous said, "Demetrie Dixon grew up in a Christian home and he has high morality and loves people."
And Lajuana Mays, claiming to be Dixon's cousin, commented, "HPD chief, you are a joke, it is a shame that you would allow someone as humble and God fearing as this young man [to] be thrown down under the bus."
For Dixon, though, it mainly matters what a jury thinks, and the trial could still be some time away. The next hearing, according to files from the District Clerk, is scheduled for July 27.
"I guess the whole argument in his [criminal] case would probably be whether the acts committed were consensual or not consensual," Gary Blankinship, president of the Houston Police Officers Union, told Hair Balls.
Blankinship explained that the union represents some officers facing criminal charges. Like a cop in Fort Bend County charged with murder. And a vice officer who was taped by a prostitute he arrested.
"The allegation is that she didn't agree to have sex for money," Blankinship said of the Fort Bend case. "She produced a tape to the district attorney's office and it's our opinion that they didn't do their job and validate the tape. Now it's looking like the tape was fabricated."
He added, "We feel pretty comfortable going to trial that we're going to prevail."
But for Dixon, Blankship said, whether or not the sex was consensual doesn't matter, as far as his job is concerned. The union won't be backing up Dixon.
"I honestly don't know how you could ever say that involving yourself in some kind of sexual activity would be course and scope of a police officer performing his duty," Blankinship said.
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