From our private database of 22,300+ case briefs...
Reyes v. Missouri Pacific R.R.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
589 F.2d 791 (1979)
Reyes (plaintiff) sued the Missouri Pacific Railroad (defendant) after one of the railroad's trains struck and injured him. At trial, the judge allowed the railroad to introduce evidence that Reyes was convicted of public drunkenness four times in three and a half years. The railroad said the evidence showed Reyes was probably lying drunk on the train tracks when he was hit. The jury accepted this theory and ruled for the railroad. Reyes appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, arguing that the trial judge erred in admitting the prior convictions.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hill, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 516,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 516,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 22,300 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.