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Palmer v. Hoffman

United States Supreme Court
318 U.S. 109 (1943)


Facts

Plaintiff brought a negligence suit against a railroad company (defendant) for the death of his wife and his own personal injuries resulting from an accident. The railroad company sought to introduce into evidence a statement made by the engineer of the train (who had since died) as part of a post-accident interview conducted at the railroad company’s office. The railroad company regularly conducted interviews of its employees after they got into accidents. The trial court excluded the statement and the court of appeals affirmed. The railroad company appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Douglas, J.)

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