I am locked up in a meeting this afternoon and just about spit my coffee when I saw the latest on Bossier. In short, the Farm knows they are toast in Bossier and are now officially grasping for straws. Anita Lee, who is now offically part of the news cycle, reports for the Sun Herald:
U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. denied State Farm’s motion for a mistrial before a jury returned to the courtroom for a fourth day of testimony Thursday in a Katrina case, Bossier vs. State Farm.
State Farm attorneys sought the mistrial because of an article in Thursday morning’s Sun Herald. The article reported on Senter’s suggestion that the attorneys get with their client, State Farm, and try to settle the case.
Senter polled the jury and found two of the eight jurors had been told that an article was in the newspaper but they did not hear anything about the content.
State Farm attorneys had asked that Senter hear the motion in private, but he refused.
“This is a public court,” Senter said. “It belongs to the citizens. I believe in hearing everything in open court if I can.”
State Farm began its case after the jury was seated. The original adjuster on the claim testified that she found an eight-foot water line on the house and paid for wind damage only above that water line.
We’ll be back with more with on the adjuster tomorrow but she took some good LSD if she saw an 8 foot water line at the Bossier’s residence.