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The Woburn trial was an incredibly complex case involving thirty-three plaintiffs two defendants a mountain of conflicting hydro-geological and medical testimony regarding causation and multiple claims including negligence nuisance and emotional distress That is why in my professional opinion Judge Skinner changed the complete outcome of the trial with his actions concerning both the procedure of the trial and his own personal interactions with myself I believe that his actions should be reviewed as it gave an unfair advantage to the defendants assisting them in their goals in dulling my legal strategy Given the complexity of the case Judge Skinners decision to divide the trial into separate parts was understandable However by polyfurcating the issues posed to the jury the court produced more confusion than it prevented for these jurors were asked to answer very limited specific questions without understanding the series of events which led to these claims Moreover splitting the case into progressively smaller elements betrayed a paternalistic and condescending attitude towards jurors that was in the Woburn case unjustifiedWhile it is true that some of this uncertainty was the result of poorly worded interrogatories their confusion was also attributable to the fact that when deciding the issue of causation the jury was not allowed to hear evidence about the wider context of well contamination Consequently vital facts were kept from the jury that would have helped them understand the chronology of events being tried in the courtroom For instance evidence of when the plaintiffs first exhibited symptoms of illness would have given the jurors an idea of when the contaminants may have first reached Wells G and H and would also have given the jurors a more complete picture of what exactly was being contested by the parties While Judge Skinner was justifiably concerned that the plaintiffs would use a circular argument to prove the defendants well contamination caused the exposure to TCE keeping such contextual information from the jury in the
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