Walker, Lamont v. Armson, Ryan et al
ORDER distributing voir dire questions, jury instructions and verdict form. Signed by Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker on 8/16/11. (Attachments: # 1 Voir Dire Questions, # 2 Introductory Jury Instructions, # 3 Post-Trial Jury Instructions, # 4 Special Verdict) (elc),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
LAMONT D. WALKER,
RYAN ARMSON and JAMES KOTTKA,
Attached for the parties’ consideration are close-to-final versions of the voir dire questions,
jury instructions and verdict forms that the court intends to use at this trial. We will discuss these
documents at the final pretrial conference at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning, August 22, 2011.
Based on the motions in limine and some of the proposed jury instructions, the court offers
these observations: first, because the court granted summary judgment against Walker on all of his
claims related to the cell extraction, nothing that happened during the cell extraction is relevant to
the sole claim remaining for trial, and even if it were relevant, the relevance would be substantially
outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice. Therefore, both sides should prepare their opening
statements, closing arguments, testimony and witness questions without any reference to the cell
extraction. Plaintiff should keep in mind that this means that his claim for injury from the alleged
denials of his inhaler ends before the cell extraction as well. Also, Since the court does not intend
to allow the jury to see any portion of the video of the cell extraction, it would be prudent for
defendants to prepare a still photograph of the wire basket holding Walker’s asthma inhaler and to
have a witness ready to lay a foundation fo the photograph. We will discuss these matters at the
final pretrial conference.
Entered this 16 th day of August, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
STEPHEN L. CROCKER
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