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Woods v. Lecureux

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
110 F.3d 1215 (1997)


Facts

Margaret Woods (plaintiff) sued several prison officials in connection with the death of her son, Larry Billups, while he was in prison. Woods dismissed most of the officials over time, but not Art Tessmer and John Jabe (the prison officials) (defendants). Woods alleged that the prison officials should be liable for Billups’s death because they were deliberately indifferent to the risks her son faced in prison. To prove her case, Woods proffered the expert testimony of Dr. Mintzes. The court did not allow Dr. Mintzes to use the term deliberately indifferent during his testimony. During his testimony, Dr. Mintzes stated that he was using deliberately indifferent as a legal term, and he began to define it before the judge interrupted his testimony. Following the court’s order granting judgment as a matter of law in favor of the prison officials, Woods appealed, arguing among other things that the trial court erred in refusing to allow Dr. Mintzes to use the term deliberately indifferent.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Moore, J.)

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