AUSTIN –In the case of Bourne v. Gunnels, et al.,
in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, a jury returned a
verdict in favor of six Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)
officers defended by Attorney General Paxton’s Law Enforcement Defense
Division (LEDD) team. Assistant Attorneys General Jessica Weltge and
Alec Simpson played especially vital roles in securing the successful
this case, a convicted inmate named Michael Bourne alleged that the six
TDCJ correctional officers used excessive force against him after he
intentionally obstructed his food tray slot and cell door. However, the
evidence at trial proved this allegation to be false.
After two days of testimony, on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the six officers.
General Paxton and his entire office remain committed to standing
shoulder to shoulder with brave law enforcement officers across Texas
who work diligently to defend our communities and protect our citizens.