Grab your corn dog and head for the jury trial at the….State Fair?
Kentucky’s State Fair features a Trial By Jury exhibit right alongside the fastest horses in America. We could use a similar exhibit at the Tampa Fairgrounds. I even have a case to nominate for reenactment.
For nearly twenty years at the Kentucky State Fair, KATA has sponsored the Trial by Jury exhibit which provides not only an interesting and entertaining exchange of legal minds, but also insight into the civil justice system.
KATA attorneys volunteer their time, seated judges from around the area agree to preside and professional actors are hired to fill the roles of plaintiff, defendant and expert witnesses.
An attorney acting as moderator entices passing fairgoers to enter the jury box, hear the case and to deliberate on a verdict at the conclusion of the proceedings. Audience members and onlookers sit along the sidelines to hear the details of the unfolding case. All cases reenacted in the Trial by Jury are based on Kentucky court cases.
This year’s case is based on a medical negligence case that involves a phlebotomist that left a rubber band tourniquet on the arm of an 80 year old woman for over 10 minutes, while he took a personal phone call, violating the standard of care, and causing nerve damage in the hand that previously created artistic ornaments that provided her with income.
Thanks to Kentucky Law for bringing this excellent project to our attention.