HOUSTON A judge has lifted a gag order in the Houston trial of an ex-officer accused in the videotaped beating of a teen burglary suspect.

The Houston Chronicle reports Judge Ruben Guerrero on Tuesday approved a prosecution gag order request in the trial of fired Officer Andrew Blomberg. Blomberg is charged with misdemeanor official oppression.

The judge rescinded the order after reporters asked about it during a break in jury selection. The judge declined further comment.

Security video from March 2010 appears to show several officers kicking and stomping on then-15-year-old Chad Holley near a business. Holley was later convicted in juvenile court of burglary and put on probation.

Blomberg and three other officers were fired following the videotaped incident. He s the first to be tried.

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