Blue Springs Trans Teen Verdict Tossed

Tonight there's even more legal drama worth noting regarding politically charged case law debated at the courthouse.

Here's the aftermath . . .

The jury awarded the plaintiff, identified only by his initials R.M.A., $175,000 in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages. It also awarded him more than $558,000 in legal fees and costs.

But in overturning the verdict, Jackson County Circuit Judge Cory L. Atkins ruled last month that R.M.A. had failed to prove an essential element of his case.

That element, according to the jury instructions, was that R.M.A.’s “male sex was a contributing factor” in the district’s refusal to grant him access to the male bathrooms and locker rooms.

Atkins ruled that “(t)he sole, uncontradicted evidence at trial was that Plaintiff was excluded from the male facilities because of his female genitalia.”

As a result, Atkins wrote, “Plaintiff failed to establish a submissible case and Defendant is entitled to a judgment notwithstanding the verdict.”

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