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Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance

This well-balanced file challenges advocates for both the plaintiff and the defendant. Programs using it see equal numbers of verdicts for both the plaintiff and the defense. There are five witnesses for the plaintiff and four for the defendant. Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Company has a courtroom technology focus and includes electronic evidence in the form of photographs, diagrams, documents, emails, and text messages. It includes a web link to color versions of all exhibits, the audio clip of Mary Dixon’s 911 call, and deposition video clips to use for impeachment purposes. The Seventh Edition is based on the original case file by James H. Seckinger, as updated and upgraded by Edward R. Stein and Frank D. Rothschild.
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When Judge John Dixon was found on the floor of his home office with a gunshot wound to the head, there was no question of foul play. Behind the locked door of his office, Judge Dixon shot himself with favorite shotgun. The only question is, was this an accident—or suicide? Plaintiff Mary Dixon demands that Providential Life Insurance Company pay on her husband’s $1 million life insurance policy, taken out shortly before his death. Providential refuses, citing the suicide provision of the policy. The medical examiner determined the death was accidental, but Providential claims the medical examiner's conclusion was tainted by his friendship with the judge and a hasty investigation, and that Dixon's death was, in fact, a suicide.

Would this seemingly happy, well-respected judge to kill himself? Was Judge Dixon the churchgoing social conservative that his public persona suggested? Did his shotgun accidentally discharge while he, an experienced hunter and gun owner, was cleaning it in a darkened room—or was he troubled by a secret that was about to be exposed and made suicide seem like his only way out?

This well-balanced file challenges advocates for both the plaintiff and the defendant. Programs using it see equal numbers of verdicts for both the plaintiff and the defense. There are five witnesses for the plaintiff and four for the defendant. Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Company has a courtroom technology focus and includes electronic evidence in the form of photographs, diagrams, documents, emails, and text messages. It includes a web link to color versions of all exhibits, the audio clip of Mary Dixon’s 911 call, and deposition video clips to use for impeachment purposes. The Seventh Edition is based on the original case file by James H. Seckinger, as updated and upgraded by Edward R. Stein and Frank D. Rothschild.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION

STIPULATIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FULL TRIALS

TIMELINE OF KEY EVENTS

COMPLAINT

ANSWER

DEPOSITIONS


        Sheriff Altair Khouri

        Dr. Emery Celli

              Résumé of Dr.

        Mary L. Dixon

        Robert L. Wilson

        Anna Martin

        Morgan F. Crowe

        Carter J. Berman

        Sarah Lawton


REPORTAND CURRICULUM VITAEOF DR. UPCHURCH

JURY INSTRUCTIONS

NITA GENERAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS

VERDICT FORM

EXHIBITS


        Exhibit 1  Life Insurance Profile for Judge John J. Dixon

        Exhibit 2  Application for Life Insurance

        Exhibit 3  Life Insurance Policy No. 712089

        Exhibit 4  Email from Robert Wilson with attached January 22, YR-1, Letter from Providential Life Insurance Company to Mrs. Dixon

        Exhibit 5  Hard copy of January 22, YR-1, Letter from Providential Life Insurance Company to Mrs. Dixon

        Exhibit 5A  Check from Providential Life Insurance Company to Mrs. Dixon

        Exhibit 6  January 25, YR-1, Email from Mrs. Dixon to Providential Life Insurance Company

        Exhibit 7  September 17, YR-2, Letter from Carter Berman to Judge Dixon

        Exhibit 8  September 25, YR-2, Letter from Judge Dixon to Carter Berman

        Exhibit 9  October 23, YR-2, Email from Carter Berman to Judge Dixon

        Exhibit 10  Diagram of Shotgun

        Exhibit 11  Diagram of Skull Prepared by Dr. Celli

        Exhibit 12  Diagram of Dixon House

        Exhibit 13  Diagram of Dixon Study

        Exhibit 14  Email from R. Wilson to N. Crowe

        Exhibit 15  Email from Tom Gross to employees of Pine Weaver Investments

        Exhibit 16  Photograph of Judge Dixon Taken the Summer before His Death

        Exhibits 17–25  Photographs Taken by Altair Khouri at the Death Scene

        Exhibits 26–29  Photographs Taken by Altair Khouri after the Investigation at the Death Scene

        Exhibit 30  Email Chain between Judge Dixon and "Tracy"

        Exhibit 31  Email from Judge Dixon to "Sarah"

        Exhibit 32  Browser History

        Exhibit 33  911 Transcript

        Exhibit 34  Text Chain from Altair Khouri’s Cell Phone

        Exhibit 35  Death Certificate

        Exhibit 36  Autopsy Report


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