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Juror in Allied Concrete Case Questions Settlement Reduction

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There's another interesting twist in the Albemarle County court case that saw a $10 million court settlement get reduced by the judge who heard the case.

Jessica Lester died after the car she and her husband were driving in was crushed by an Allied Concrete truck in June of 2007. The jury awarded her husband and her family what was then a record-setting $10 million settlement.

After allegations of lawyer misconduct emerged, Judge Edward Hogshire reduced that amount by several million dollars. Now in a letter to the judge, one of the jurors who heard the case is objecting to his reasoning.

Margaret Gardiner says she's disappointed that Hogshire suggested that the verdict was unreasonable, unfair and motivated by bias, sympathy, passion, prejudice or anger.

Judge Hogshire wrote her back saying that because the case is still pending he cannot say much, but thanked her for her letter.  He noted that there is no legal basis upon which to require jurors to return to court to explain the reasons for their decisions.

Reported by NBC29 HD News

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