Civil Liberties

Houston Cop Convicted for Beating Up Teen Burglary Suspect Wants New Trial

Says jury foreman looked up "mistreatment" online


Drew Ryser, the former Houston police officer convicted last month for his role in the videotaped beating of teenager Chad Holley, has asked for a new trial, alleging the jury foreman in his trial researched the case on the Internet.

Lawyers for Ryser filed a motion for a new trial on Wednesday, alleging juror misconduct.

Foreman Jan Goehring is accused of researching the case online after a day of deliberating then discussing it with the other jurors the next day, which may have swayed at least one juror to convict the officer.