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Jury Geniuses

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(CNN) A Florida jury awarded a 92-year-old man $1.9 million in compensatory damages for the death of his wife, a former two-pack-a-day Marlboro smoker who started when she was 16 and died in her 70s, attorneys said Thursday.

The jury of five women and one man deliberated for slightly more than a day before deciding on the amount, attorneys for both sides said. The jurors put the total award at $5.3 million but found that Philip Morris USA was only 36.5 percent responsible for the lung cancer that plaintiffs said killed Leon Barbanell’s wife.

Shirley Barbanell herself was deemed 63.5 percent responsible, the attorneys said.

These have got to be the smartest jurors I have ever read about.  Now most jurors I’ve met were the ones who were somehow unable to get out of jury duty.  Then again, I haven’t either so that may be a irrelevant point.  Anyway, these geniuses have figured out a way to define fault down to the 1/1000th degree.  If you notice, they deemed the woman 63.5% at fault.  Not 2/3 at fault (66.66%,  repeating of course)*  or even 5/8 at fault, which would be 62.5%.  Nope, these guys come up with something that amounts to close to 16/25.  That’s some precision fault finding.

*NSF, language


Written by arnold

August 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Posted in News items

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  1. Maybe they aren’t quite that smart. They really only defined fault down to the 1/200th degree, since 63.5% = 127/200.

    Nell Franzl

    August 13, 2009 at 8:03 pm

  2. Uh ohhhh. Arnold met his math nerd match. (I thought the word “degree” was strange too — I just like that someone could quantify it.)

    the kyle

    August 13, 2009 at 8:09 pm

  3. Well, we’re not interested in the summary judgement which is 127/200.

    My point in this article is the jury was able to discern that the woman was not 60% to blame ( a degree of fineness where we’re using 1/10 blocks), nor was she 63% to blame (where the jury can now define to 1/100 degrees of accuracy… note she wasn’t 62% or 64% at fault), but incredibly, the jury can discern that she was 63.5% at fault (not 63.4% or 63.6%… they’re now accurate to the 1/1000th degree).

    And now I’ve lost 89.9% of my readership.


    August 13, 2009 at 8:39 pm

  4. I liked Nell’s response. It wasn’t so long.

    the kyle

    August 13, 2009 at 8:44 pm

  5. Honestly I think it was 100% her fault. What was she doing smoking that much?


    August 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  6. Really! What ever happended to accountability? Simple… you smoke… you die… her choice… Does anyone sue the beer companies when some yahoo dies from destroying their liver from drinking too much? Hey… I might be on to something here…

    Data 356

    August 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm

  7. There’s something to be said for personal responsibility. The again, this lady spent 36.5% of her life when they thought smoking was safe because the tobacco companies said it was. Hey there’s where the stat comes from!!!


    August 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm

  8. Who cares about the math? This is absolutely ridiculous. People should be responsible for their own behavior and life choices.

    I’m 30 pounds overweight.. I’m gonna file a class action lawsuit against the fast food industry for providing unhealthy food, and therefore ruining what could have been a potential multi-million dollar modeling career which I should have had, but didn’t because I ate a McD’s too often

    These people should all be deported to some remote island.. along with Sarah Palin and the lady screaming at the town hall meetings that the government should get their greedy hands off her medicare.


    August 14, 2009 at 12:56 am

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