The jury deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday afternoon and decided a Necedah driver was not negligent when an accident injured a prison inmate. Almost 6-years after the crash, a Juneau County jury was asked to decide if Kenneth Nordall did what a reasonable person would have done. After deliberating for 35-minutes, the jury found Nordall not to be negligent. According to court documents, in February 2007 Nordall was driving on snow covered 37th Street and failed to stop at a stop sign colliding with a New Lisbon prison Department of Corrections van injuring inmate, Talib Amin Akbar. In her closing statement, Nordall’s defense attorney, Nicole Marklein Bacher, said, “Doctor Leon Radant testified there was no evidence of injury except a minor knee injury.” Akbar, in court without a defense attorney, tried to convince the 12-person jury that his injuries were more serious and would require a long road of treatment after his release from prison and money to pay for the treatment.
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