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Civil Procedure Keyed to Cound
Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company, Inc
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Plaintiff was a construction worker who was injured on a federal jobsite. He sued the Defendant in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana for negligence, claiming that one of Defendant’s employees allowed a truck to roll backwards and pin the Plaintiff to another piece of equipment. Plaintiff asked for a jury trial. During voire dire, the Defendant challenged two jurors on account of their race. Plaintiff, also black, asked the court to express a race-neutral explanation for striking the two jurors, which the court declined. The final jury consisted of 11 white members and one black member. The jury found for the Plaintiff in the amount of $80,000 but the award was reduced due to Plaintiff’s contributory negligence and totaled $18,000. The Court of Appeals affirmed.
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