Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fire Tyrone Lewis

When will the Tyrone Lewis show end? First he gets caught letting his son make money off of JPD training facilities in violation of the law. While Chief, he pimped himself out as an expert witness, charging an up-front retainer of $3,500 and $200 an hour. Now the Supreme Court busted him for lying in court. The Clarion-Ledger reported:

"The court this week threw out the Jan. 30, 2009, jury award and ordered a new trial in Hinds County Circuit Court in the wrongful death lawsuit against management and owners of Rebelwood Apartments off Terry Road.

The case stemmed from the shooting death of Crystal Coleman, whose body was found in her car Jan. 11, 2007, at Rebelwood, where she resided. The lawsuit alleged the complex did not provide adequate security.

Dwight English, father of one of Coleman's two children, was awarded $3 million in January 2009, a decision based largely on the belief Coleman was killed on Rebelwood property. But Rebelwood defense attorneys alleged the shooting did not take place on their property

That presented a little problem. Tyrone Lewis, Deputy Chief of JPD, yes, the Deputy Chief testifed as an expert witness for the plaintiffs even though it involved his department. Last time I checked, expert witnesses usually get paid for their services. The opinion focuses on Mr. Lewis's testimony:

"Another of English’s expert witnesses, Tyrone Lewis, Deputy Chief of JPD, testified as follows: “[T]here is no documentation, no written statements or anybody to come forward to say that it did not happen [at Rebelwood].” He further testified that he read on the police report where the shooting occurred."

The police report actually stated the shooting took place at another location. Mr. Lewis had access to all police reports as a Deputy Chief a JPD. The Mississippi Supreme Court pretty much called Tyrone Lewis a liar and perjurer:

"Part of the excluded exhibit included findings of fact contained in a sworn affidavit Jones presented to a court to obtain an arrest warrant. The erroneous ruling allowed plaintiff’s expert, Tyrone Lewis, to testify with impunity and without fear of exposure, “[T]here is no documentation, no written statements or anybody to come forward to say that it did not happen [at Rebelwood].” The trial court should have known that Lewis’s statement was untrue. In fact, repeated references and statements to the contrary exist throughout the investigative reports. A cursory examination would reveal this truth. Under either scenario, Lewis’s statement was patently erroneous and violated the purpose and construction of our Rules." Opinion

There should be simply no room in JPD for a deputy chief who takes money to testify for JPD or lies about what is in the police reports on the stand. Its hard to decide which is worse: Tyrone Lewis committing perjury or prostituting his position at JPD. It does not matter how many friends Mr. Lewis has or that everyone says "he's a good guy". The fact is Tyrone Lewis helped his son break the law two years ago. He exploited his position as Chief for personal financial gain. Now he broke the law and probably committed perjury in his capacity as a law enforcement official. One can only wonder what else Mr. Lewis has taken money for in his eagerness to pad his checking account. Mayor Johnson should fire Tyrone Lewis and ask the District Attorney to investigate his statements for perjury. Mr. Lewis should be setting examples for police officers, not prostitutes. Mayor Johnson should kick him to the street where he can work the street.


Anonymous said...

He should be charged with perjury. Will other cases he has testified in now be subject to scrutiny?
Tyrone Lewis is disgrace any way you slice it- and has been for quite a while!

Anonymous said...

His last name is spelled wrong in the header. I agree he should go.

Anonymous said...

Never mind Lewis -- what about Winston Kidd?

Ironghost said...

It's Jackson, they won't do anything.

Anonymous said...

It's Mississippi and they won't do anything.

He didn't lie...he simply provided false testimony.

Anonymous said...

No, not false testimony (although that's how Kitchens et al would describe it), he just "misremembered".

Anonymous said...

Wait, is not the new "standard" for Jackson, MS?

Anonymous said...

What about the atty that put him on the stand knowing he was providing false testimony? I wonder if he was pondering how he was going to spend 30% of $3,000,000 instead of disregarding his professional ethics.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

30%? Most fee agreements call for 40% to 50% if the case goes to trial.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, any way to get an answer on something? CL reports how much $ he makes off doing this then says

“Jackson Police Department policy bars officers from off-duty work that includes being an expert witness in which the officer will be giving his opinion in any matter investigated by JPD or any other city departments, unless the officer's testimony is given on behalf of the city or the city attorney.”

Chief Coleman should be asked what's going on.

Anonymous said...

The City has had this policy before and defendants have raised the policy as a reason to exclude Lewis's testimony but the courts have held that the policy itself was not sufficient to exclude his testimony.

However, Lewis's conclusions are so unsupported that courts are excluding his testimony on that basis - if not in the trial court then on appeal. Frankly, I don't understand why anyone is wasting their money on him anymore. Of course, people still hire Steve Hayne.

Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about this case, but would like to point out that it is possible for someone to give "expert testimony" and not be paid for it. For instance, a party can designate a Highway Patrol accident reconstructionist to elicit expert opinions on a case that he/she worked on, and not actually pay them anything. They are experts on account of their knowledge and training.

Anonymous said...

That's true. But Tyrone Lewis is being hired, and paid, by plaintiff's lawyers as an expert in premises security.

Anonymous said...

KF if you are referencing the double quick decision, then i'm calling you out on this one. the only reference to Lewis in that opinion was when his expert opinion was described as "illogical." that is no where close to calling him a liar or busting him for lying. if you are referencing a different opinion, then name the case please.

Anonymous said...

He's not talking about the Double Quick case but instead the Rebelwood Apartments case that came out the same day.

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