Why have a Jury if the judge overturns what they say?

According to newsday “a paid site”

A federal judge has overturned a jury decision compelling Islip Town to pay bayman Frank Sloup $2.1 million for putting him out of business by banning his crab and eel pots, though the judge upheld the jury’s finding that the town violated Sloup’s constitutional rights.

Sloup subsequently lost his home and bait shop to foreclosure.

Bianco threw out that award, calling it “an amount that shocks the conscience of the Court and is clearly a gross miscarriage of justice.” The judge found that the jury had incorrectly awarded Sloup compensatory damages for income lost in the years following 2004, and that Sloup had not presented evidence for the equity he had lost in the foreclosure of his property.

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