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Bell v. Vanlandingham
Supreme Court of Alabama
633 So. 2d 454 (1994)
Hollis and Helen Bell (plaintiffs) brought an Alabama state court medical malpractice action against Dr. Vanlandingham (defendant). After the jury returned a verdict for the doctor, the Bells moved for a new trial, alleging that the trial judge erred by denying the Bells’ motion to excuse three jurors for cause. The Bells argued that the first juror should have been excused for cause because he was a pastor, and many members of his congregation were the doctor’s patients and he testified that he might feel a little uncomfortable sitting on the jury. The second juror, the Bells argued, had been a prior patient of the doctor and he knew the Bells and testified that because he knew both parties, he did not want to be involved. The Bells argued that the third juror should have been excused because he was a current patient of the doctor and her family’s physician and she testified that she would feel awkward sitting on the jury. The trial court overruled the Bells’ motion for new trial and the Bells appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ingram, J.)
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