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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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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

IMPEACHMENT PROBLEMS