Mistrial in Dillard's racial profiling suit

(June 10, 2004) — (Beaumont, Texas-AP) -- A judge in Beaumont, Texas, has declared a mistrial in a racial-profiling lawsuit against Dillard's department stores. State District Judge Milton Shuffield declared the mistrial and dismissed the jury on the day testimony was to begin in the civil trial of the lawsuit. He tells KFDM T-V in Beaumont that "there might be new developments that the attorneys need to explore." He declined to elaborate, but attorneys for both sides were engaged in closed-door talks in the judge's chambers. The Jefferson County jury had been selected last week. Four women, all black, sued the Little Rock-based store chain in August 2002. They say they were falsely accused of shoplifting at the Dillard's store at Port Arthur's Central Mall in March of 2000.