Smith v. Crawford

937 So. 2d 451 (2005)

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Smith v. Crawford

Mississippi Court of Appeals
937 So. 2d 451 (2005)

Facts

Dewey Smith (plaintiff) was in an accident with Hattie Crawford (defendant). Smith sued Crawford for negligence. Crawford admitted fault, leaving the amount of damages as the only issue. During Crawford’s closing argument, her counsel suggested that she did not have liability insurance and would have to pay for the damages herself. In response, during Smith’s closing argument, Smith’s counsel stated that Crawford would not have to pay for any of the judgment against her. Crawford objected to this statement, and the judge instructed the jury to disregard the statement. The jury awarded Smith $3,213 in damages. Smith appealed on the ground that the jury instruction was improper.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Irving, J.)

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