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Castellanos v. Maya

United States District Court, N.D. California

July 18, 2016

EDIN S. CASTELLANOS, Plaintiff,
v.
JEREMY J. MAYA, Defendant.

          PRELIMINARY JURY INSTRUCTIONS

          Jeffrey S. White United States District Judge

         Table of Contents

         Duty of Jury ....................................................................................................................................... 3

         Claims and Defenses ......................................................................................................................... 4

         Burden of Proof - Preponderance of the Evidence ........................................................................... 5

         What is Evidence ............................................................................................................................... 6

         What is Not Evidence ........................................................................................................................ 7

         Evidence for Limited Purpose ........................................................................................................... 8

         Direct and Circumstantial Evidence .................................................................................................. 9

         Ruling on Objections ....................................................................................................................... 10

         Credibility of Witnesses .................................................................................................................. 11

         Conduct of the Jury ......................................................................................................................... 13

         No Transcript Available to Jury ...................................................................................................... 14

         Taking Notes ................................................................................................................................... 15

         Questions to Witnesses by Jurors .................................................................................................... 16

         Bench Conferences and Recesses ................................................................................................... 17

         Outline of Trial ................................................................................................................................ 18

         Duty of Jury

         Ladies and gentlemen: You are now the jury in this case. It is my duty to instruct you on the law.

         These instructions are preliminary instructions to help you understand the principles that apply to civil trials and to help you understand the evidence as you listen to it. At the end of the trial, I will give you a final set of instructions. It is the final set of instructions which will govern your deliberations.

         You must not infer from these instructions or from anything I may say or do as indicating that I have an opinion regarding the evidence or what your verdict should be.

         It is your duty to find the facts from all the evidence in the case. To those facts you will apply the law as I give it to you. You must follow the law as I give it to you whether you agree with it or not. And you must not be influenced by any personal likes or dislikes, opinions, prejudices, or sympathy. That means that you must decide the case solely on the evidence before you. You will recall that you took an oath to do so.

         In following my instructions, you must follow all of them and not single out some and ignore others; they are all important.

         Claims and Defenses

         To help you follow the case, I will give you a brief summary of the positions of the parties. The plaintiff claims that his constitutional right to be free from excessive force and right to freedom of speech were violated. The plaintiff also claims that the defendant deliberately lied about plaintiff’s behavior in his arrest report, causing the plaintiff to be criminally charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace officer in violation of California Penal Code section 148(a). The plaintiff has the burden to prove these claims.

         The defendant denies each of plaintiff’s claims and contends that he ...


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