Davis, James v. Meisner, Michael et al
ORDER that Defendants' Motions in Limine (dkt. 125 ) are GRANTED, in part and DENIEDwithout prejudice in part.(2) Plaintiff James Davis's Motions in Limine (dkts. 112 , 124 , 134 ) are GRANTED inpart and DENIED in part. Signed by Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker on 10/12/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Draft Voir Dire, # 2 Draft Introductory Jury Instructions, # 3 Draft Closing Instructions, # 4 Draft Deliberation Instructions, # 5 Draft Special Verdict) (jef),(ps)
Members of the jury, now that you have heard the evidence, the law, and the
arguments, I will give you instructions that will govern your deliberations in the jury
room. The decisions you reach in the jury room must be unanimous. In other words,
you must all agree on the answer to each question. Your deliberations will be secret.
You will never have to explain your verdict to anyone. If you have formed any idea
that I have an opinion about how the case should be decided, disregard that idea. It
is your job, not mine, to decide the facts of this case.
2. Selection of Presiding Juror; Communication with the Judge; Special
When you go to the jury room to begin considering the evidence in this case
you should first select one of the members of the jury to act as your presiding juror.
This person will help to guide your discussions in the jury room.
You are free to deliberate in any way you decide or select whomever you like as
a presiding juror. However, I am going to provide a general suggestion on the process
to help you get started. When thinking about who should be presiding juror, you
may want to consider the role that the presiding juror usually plays. He or she serves
as the chairperson during the deliberations and has the responsibility of insuring that
all jurors who desire to speak have a chance to do so before any vote. The presiding
juror should guide the discussion and encourage all jurors to participate. I encourage
you at all times to keep an open mind if you ever disagree or come to conclusions
that are different from those of your fellow jurors. Listening carefully and thinking
about the other juror’s point of view may help you understand that juror’s position
better or give you a better way to explain why you think your position is correct.
Once you are in the jury room, if you need to communicate with me, the
presiding juror will send a written message to me. However, do not tell me how you
stand as to your verdict, numerically or otherwise, on the issues submitted.
As I have mentioned before, the decision you reach must be unanimous; you
must all agree.
A special verdict form has been prepared. [Court reads the verdict form.]
Take this form to the jury room, and when you have reached unanimous
agreement on each question on the special verdict form, your presiding juror will fill
in, date and sign the form.
As I have mentioned before, the decision you reach must be unanimous; you must all
When you have reached a decision, the presiding juror will sign the special
verdict form, put a date on it, and all of you will return with the verdict into the
3. Suggestions for Conducting Deliberations
In order to help you determine the facts, you may want to consider discussing
one question at a time, and use my instructions to the jury as a guide to determine
whether there is sufficient evidence to prove all the necessary legal elements for each
claim or defense. I also suggest that any public votes on a verdict be delayed until
everyone has a chance to say what they think without worrying what others on the
panel might think of their opinion. I also suggest that you assign separate tasks, such
as note taking, time keeping, and recording votes to more than one person to help
break up the workload during your deliberations.
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