United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division
Marshall Jr. United States District Judge
Court appreciates the parties' recent filings, No. 47
& No. 48. The Court has revised the voir dire along
the lines the Defendants proposed. Updated version attached,
which the Court will use. The changes are on page 7. Because
there's been no objection, the Court will lock in and
give the preliminary instructions in No. 46 at
12-32. The Court prefers its draft final jury
instructions on the § 1981/§ 1983 issues. But, we
will talk further about them during the trial before the
Court comes to a final decision. The Defendants' record
is preserved in any event.
qualified immunity: Hollingsworth made no timely motion for
it; this is an issue of law for the Court, not one of fact
for the jury. Hollingsworth is, of course, free to move for
judgment on this basis after Ridgell rests. And if she does,
the Court will rule on the defense based on the record at
• Thank you for serving. Echo "Called to
• A morning of speaking the truth, voir dire
- twelve people good and true.
• All week.
• Urgent or extraordinary obligations this week?
• Rules of the Road:
- Can I be completely fair and impartial?
- Can I decide the case based solely on the evidence seen
and heard in this courtroom, the law as explained by the
Court, and my common sense?
- Questions and Answers. You = you and your immediate
- Raise your hand, state your name, and answer.
- Can answer at the bench if uncomfortable answering a
particular question in front of others.
- Eighteen, but all - Notepads.
- Questionnaires. Summary. Confirm lawyers have.
- Case Sketch - Not evidence, just background
i. This is a civil case. In June 2007, Albert Ridgell was
hired by the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as the City
Collector by then-mayor Carl Redus. Debe Hollingsworth was
elected mayor in November 2012, and was sworn in the
following January. About seven months later, in July 2013,
Mayor Hollingsworth discharged Ridgell. He was reinstated in
August, after appealing his discharge to the City Council.
Ridgell was again discharged by Mayor Hollingsworth in
October 2013. Ridgell contends that he was discharged because
of his race, and in retaliation for having opposed
discriminatory practices by Mayor Hollingsworth and Pine
Bluff. Mayor Hollingsworth and Pine Bluff deny those claims.
They say Ridgell was discharged for unsatisfactory job
performance and insubordination.
- Plaintiff = Albert Ridgell Lawyer = Austin Porter Jr.
- Defendants = City of Pine Bluff, and Mayor Debe
Lawyers = Amanda LaFever & John Wilkerson
- Witnesses [Read Lists]
- Know the parties? Lawyers? Witnesses?
Eighteen, But All - Notepads
General Background Questions
Know other panel members? Know lawyers or Court staff? Know
Legal training or experience? Deal with the law regularly
Prior jury service?
Prior court experience? Sued or been sued? Witness?
Religious convictions against ...