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11.29.06

Coleman Appeal Rejected

Tom Coleman Tom Coleman

LUBBOCK, Texas An appellate court has rejected an appeal from a former undercover drug agent behind the discredited Tulia drug busts.

Tom Coleman was convicted of aggravated perjury last year.

The 7th Court of Appeals on Monday upheld Coleman's conviction.

Coleman received ten years probation after a jury in Lubbock found him guilty of testifying falsely in 2003 that he didn't learn of a theft charge against him until August of 1998.

Calls to two Dallas attorneys who represented Coleman at trial weren't immediately returned.

Forty-six people -- 39 of them black -- were arrested on drug charges in July of 1999.

Governor Rick Perry later pardoned 35 of them.

In 2004, 45 of those arrested in the sting shared a six (M) million dollar settlement in a civil rights lawsuit against the agencies for which Coleman worked.

See Related Story:

1999 Tulia Drug Bust Follow-Up

Aggravated assault, robbery, D.W.I., theft. Those are a few on the laundry list of charges that have brought many of those pardoned from the Tulia drug sting in 1999 back to jail.

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