Warger v. Shauers
United States Supreme Court
574 U.S. ___ (2014)
Gregory Warger (plaintiff) was in a car accident caused by Randy Shauers (defendant). Warger’s leg had to be amputated as a result, and Warger brought suit against Shauers for negligence. One the jurors, Regina Whipple, stated during voir dire that she was able to be an impartial juror on cases involving a car accident. The jury found in favor of Shauers. Subsequently, one of the jurors signed an affidavit stating that Whipple had said during jury deliberations that her daughter had previously caused a car accident in which a person had died. According to the affidavit, Whipple said that if someone had sued her daughter, it would have “ruined her life.” Warger filed a motion for a new trial based on the juror’s affidavit about Whipple’s statements. The district court denied Warger’s motion under Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 606(b). The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sotomayor, J.)
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