Henry Fordyce and Eva Marie Long were having drinks in a bar. Fordyce claims that Harris and Felson were leering at and making insulting comments about Long, and when Fordyce confronted Harris and Fordyce, the three men got into a fight. After the police broke up the fight and all parties had left the bar, Fordyce claims that he was jumped in an alley by Harris and Felson and beaten. Fordyce was hospitalized with a fractured skull, but has now completely recovered. He is suing for his medical expenses and lost wages. Defendants deny assaulting Fordyce, claiming he started the fight in the bar and after the police broke it up, they drove directly to Felson's motel.
Updated to reflect current monetary amounts, cultural references, and changes in case strategies, this case file is designed to be used in a trial advocacy program, either as skill exercises or a final trial, or both. In addition, along with its companion file, State v. Harris, it can be effectively used to highlight the differences between civil and criminal advocacy techniques. Exhibits, diagrams, and police reports have also been updated. There are four witnesses for each side, no experts.
Adapted from the original case file by Abraham P. Ordover.
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Table of Contents
Special Instructions for Use as a Full Trial
Answer of Gerald Harris
Answer of Edward Felson
Eva Marie Long
Exhibits A-D Fordyce Medical Bills
Exhibit 1 Hospital Report of Henry Fordyce
Exhibit 2 Department of Interior Letter
Exhibit 3 Department of Interior Internal Memo
Exhibit 4 Police Report of Incident
Exhibit 5 Harris Arrest Report with Street Diagram
Exhibit 6 Felson Arrest Report
Exhibit 7 Floor Layout of Gus's Bar & Grill
Exhibit 8 Nita City Streets
Exhibit 9 Fordyce Arrest and Disposition Record
Exhibit 10 Long Arrest and Disposition Record
Exhibit 11 Harris Arrest and Disposition Record
Exhibit 12 Felson Arrest and Disposition Record
Exhibit 13 Hospital Report of Eva Marie Long
Investigative Report to Plaintiff's Counsel
Statement of Ben Sanders