Natchez school leaders seek new trial in discrimination case

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The superintendent and assistant superintendent of the NatchezAdams School District have asked the federal courts to either toss out the jury verdict against them or at least grant them a new trial.

The verdict – that Superintendent Frederick Hill and Assistant Superintendent Tanisha Smith racially discriminated against a former principal and forced her into retirement – was handed down in September.

The Natchez Democrat reports the final judgment awarded plaintiff Cindy Idom $668,000 in back pay, damages and legal fees, of which $75,000 were assessed against Hill and $25,000 against Smith.

If the court will not grant the request for judgment as a matter of law – essentially to throw it out – or to grant a new trial, the defendants asked that the court consider lowering the amount of damages.