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Date: 01-27-2018

Case Style:

John Murphy v. Millard Farmer

Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Case Number: 3:15-cv-00092-TCB

Judge: Timothy C. Batten, Sr,

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Fulton County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Wilmer Parker

Defendant's Attorney: Pro Se

Description: Atlanta, GA - Jury Finds In Favor of Plaintiff In Racketeering Case

John Murphy, a former Columbus mortage banker and financial planner, sued Atlanta attorney Millard Farmer on a RICO theory claiming that the defendant operated a racketerring enterprise, attempted theft by extortion, attempted bribery, intimidation of a court office, influencing witnesses, interstate travel in aid of racketeering and interference.

The Plaintiff's care arose out of a protracted divorce case between the Plaintiff and his ex-wife.

Some Docket Entries for this case.

Date Filed # Docket Text

01/18/2018 112 MOTION TO DISMISS DEFENDANT MY ADVOCATE CENTER, INC. by John H. Murphy. (Parker, Wilmer) (Entered: 01/18/2018)

01/18/2018 113 MOTION to Allow Technology Devices in Trial and to Allow Recording of Proceedings, by Deborah L. Beacham. (jlm) (Entered: 01/18/2018)

01/18/2018 114 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr: Pretrial Conference held on 1/18/2018. Discussion re trial procedures, voir dire. Hearing concluded. (Court Reporter Lori Burgess)(jlm) (Entered: 01/18/2018)

01/18/2018 115 ORDER ALLOWING attorneys for Pla and Dft and assistants to bring AUDIO/VISUAL EQUIPMENT IN THE COURTROOM on 1/19/18 and each day through end of trial. Signed by Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr on 1/18/18. (rsh) (Entered: 01/18/2018)

01/18/2018 116 ORDER DENYING Ms. Beacham's 113 Motion to Allow Technological Devices and Allow Recording of Proceeding during the trial of this case. Signed by Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr on 1/18/18. (jlm) (Entered: 01/18/2018)
01/18/2018 Clerks Certificate of Mailing as to Deborah L. Beacham re 116 Order on Motion to Allow Technological Devices into the Courtroom and Allow Recording of Proceedings. (jlm) (Entered: 01/18/2018)

01/22/2018 117 PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr on 1/22/18. (jlm) (Entered: 01/22/2018)

01/22/2018 119 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr: Jury Trial began on 1/22/2018. Day One: Voir dire. Jury struck and sworn. Court instructions to the jury. Opening statements by plaintiff, defendant. Plaintiffs case: Melissa Sams, sworn and testified. Direct. Cross examination by Dft. Nan Freeman, sworn and testified. Direct. Cross exam. Re-direct. Kenneth Lamar Gordon, sworn and testified. Direct. Cross-exam. Renee Haugerud, sworn and testified. Direct. Cross-exam. Hearing not concluded. Court adjourned and will reconvene at 9:00 AM on 1/23/18. (Court Reporter Lori Burgess)(jlm) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

01/23/2018 118 MOTION for Injunctive Relief and PETITION for Protective Order by Deborah L. Beacham. (Attachment: DVDs 1 & 2) (rsh) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

01/23/2018 120 ORDER GRANTING 112 Motion to drop My Advocate Center, Inc. as a party defendant. Signed by Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr on 1/23/18. (jlm) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

01/23/2018 Clerks Certificate of Mailing as to My Advocate Center, Inc. c/o Deborah L. Beacham re 120 Order. Notice of street name change for the Atlanta courthouse included. (jlm) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

01/23/2018 121 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr: Jury Trial continued on 1/23/2018. Day two: Continued cross examination of Renee Haugerud. Re-direct. Dr. Patricia Jones Nice, sworn and testified. Direct. Cross-exam. Re-direct. Dr. Nancy McGarrah, sworn and testified. Direct. Lunch break. Cross examination of Dr. McGarrah. Re-direct. Brian K. McLendon, sworn and testified. Direct. Cross exam. Susan Brown, sworn and testified. Direct. Cross exam. Millard Farmer, sworn and testified on cross examination. Plff Ex 1, admitted. Continuation of limited cross exam. John H. Murphy, sworn and testified. Direct. Plff Ex 2, admitted over objection. Cross examination. Robert Poplin, Jr., sworn and testified. Direct. Cross exam. Plff rested. Hearing not concluded. Court adjourned to reconvene at 9:00 AM on 1/24/18.Exhibits retained to be forwarded to the Clerks Office. (Court Reporter Lori Burgess)(jlm) (Entered: 01/23/2018)

01/24/2018 122 Amended MOTION for Sanctions, MOTION for Protective Order by Deborah L. Beacham. (rsh) (Entered: 01/24/2018)

01/24/2018 123 Proposed Verdict form. The Court will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, January 25, 2018, to discuss the damages portion of the verdict, to be added. (se) (Entered: 01/24/2018)

01/24/2018 127 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr: Jury Trial continued on 1/24/2018. Day three: Defendant's case: Larry King, Jr., sworn and testified. Direct. Cross-exam by Plff. Re-direct. James R. Hartman, sworn and testified. Direct. Cross. Re-direct. Millard Farmer called himself on direct, he was reminded he was still under oath. Lunch break. Direct testimony by Mr. Farmer, continued. Dft Ex. 69, admitted. Dft Ex 9, 13, 54, 55, 56, 84, 21, 134, admitted subject to Plff's review. No cross. Dft rested. Plff moved to admit a certified copy of Plff Ex. 3, which was introduced yesterday. Admitted. Court adjourned to reconvene at 8:30 A.M. on 1/25/18. Jurors excused under usual caution of the Court.Exhibits retained to be forwarded to the Clerks Office. (Court Reporter Lori Burgess)(jlm) (Entered: 01/26/2018)

01/25/2018 124 NOTICE Of Filing Pla's Submission of Authorities Supporting the Recovery of Prior Attorneys' Fees as RICO Damages by John H. Murphy (rsh) (Entered: 01/25/2018)

01/25/2018 125 Court's Jury Instructions as to Liability. Signed by Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. (rsh) (Entered: 01/25/2018)

01/25/2018 126 MOTION for Attorney Fees, by Deborah L. Beacham. (jlm) (Entered: 01/25/2018)

01/25/2018 128 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr: Jury Trial continued on 1/25/2018. Day Four. Charge conference. Jury entered the courtroom at 10:07 a.m. Closing arguments by Plaintiff, Defendant. Court charged the jury. Jury began deliberations at noon. Jury question #1. Dfts Ex. 5 admitted for purposes of the record only; not given to the jury. Jury came back into the courtroom at 5:05 p.m. and directed to come back in the morning to continue deliberations. Hearing not concluded. Court adjourned to reconvene at 9:00 A. M. on 1/16/18. Exhibits retained to be forwarded to the Clerks Office. (Court Reporter Lori Burgess)(jlm) (Entered: 01/26/2018)

01/26/2018 129 Jury Note. (jlm) (Entered: 01/26/2018)

01/26/2018 130 JURY VERDICT as to LIABILITY. (jlm) (Entered: 01/26/2018)

01/26/2018 131 Court's INSTRUCTIONS to the Jury as to Damages. Signed by Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr on 1/26/18. (jlm) (Entered: 01/26/2018)

Outcome: Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr: Jury Trial continued and concluded on 1/26/2018. Day five: Jurors deliberated. Jury entered the courtroom at 2:13 p.m. Verdict was published by the Court. Defendant was found liable on Count 3 only. Jury left courtroom for a break. Discussion re damages portion of case. Jury re-entered courtroom at 3:12 p.m. Court charged the jury re damages. Argument re damages by Plff, Dft. Jury began deliberations on the damages portion at 3:25 p.m. Verdict on damages was returned at 4:15 p.m. Court charged the jury on punitive damages. Argument re punitive damages by Plff, Dft. Jury left the courtroom to deliberate on punitive damages at 4:25 p.m. Jury returned a punitive damages verdict at 4:41 p.m. Hearing concluded. Exhibits retained to be forwarded to the Clerks Office. (Court Reporter Lori Burgess)(jlm) (Entered: 01/26/2018)

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