Bradenton, Florida (AP) --
A jury decided that several tobacco companies are not responsible for causing a man's laryngeal cancer after he smoked cigarettes for about 37 years.
The jury deliberated and came to a decision Tuesday, Oct. 5. This was
the second trial for 70-year-old Jimmie Willis, who has a quarter-sized hole in his throat; an earlier hearing ended in a mistrial.
Jurors were asked whether to award compensatory damages to
Willis, who has spent about $412,000 for surgeries and treatment
for laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease.
A majority of the jurors outside the court room declined to comment on why they chose the verdict.