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Civil Procedure Keyed to Babcock
Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co.
Citation:500 U.S. 614 (1991)
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Plaintiff Edmonson sues Defendant Leesville Concrete for negligence in Federal District court after he is injured on the job. Plaintiff Edmonson requested a jury trial under the Seventh Amendment. During voir dire Defendant Leesville used two of its three statutorily permitted peremptory challenges to remove Black people from the jury pool. Plaintiff Edmonson was also Black. Plaintiff Edmonson requested that the court require Defendant Leesville to state non-racial reasons for its peremptory challenges of the prospective jurors. The court denied the request based on the fact the case was a civil case. The final jury consisted of 11 white people and one Black person. The jury found in favor of Plaintiff Edmonson and awarded $90,000 in damages, but reduced it to $18,000, finding Plaintiff Edmonson to be 80% at fault. Plaintiff Edmonson appealed and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed. The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari.
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