Powell v. Allstate
652 So. 2d 354 (1995)
The racist jury case.
- Car accident case
- ¶ sues own insurance carrier
- ¶s are African Americans
- Jury finds for r,
- After case was over juror calls judge and attorneys to let them know about racist remarks made in jury room
Whether to grant a new trial and inquiry is allowed if there is a question of racist remarks during jury deliberations.
A new trial should be granted when racist statements are explicitly made in the jury room.
Overt bias during jury deliberation is grounds for a new trial.
Don’t want to have to retry cases every time a juror thinks he/she does not agree with the verdict.