Use Of Racial Slur Derails Florida Tobacco Trial

Law360, New York (December 5, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A Florida judge reportedly has declared a mistrial in the first of 8,000 cases against tobacco companies to go to trial in that state, after an expert witness used a racial slur on the stand.

According to The Miami Herald, Stanford University history professor Robert Proctor used “the N word” in his answer to a question from a lawyer for Philip Morris USA about racism in the tobacco industry.

Proctor did not use the word in a derogatory context, but he mentioned that he had searched...
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