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Woburn Case Paper The ongoing questions and search for the truth involving the deaths of eight children center around the questionable methods of disposal of lethal toxins and poison into local areas of drinking water. Whether the pollution truly caused the deaths of eight children can never be positively verified, but recent research has indicated that the rate of childhood leukemia in Woburn was four times greater than any other normal town of the same size. The actual Woburn case and the events portrayed in A Civil Action differ in several aspects, one being that the movie was further dramatized for intensity to the common movie-viewers. The Woburn inhabitants living near the intoxicated Wells G and H accused Grace and Beatrice Corporation for the damage and pollution. However, Wells G and H receive fifty percent of its water from the Aberjona River, allowing a possible passageway for pollutants to wind up in local well water. ...read more.


The plaintiffs in the Woburn case expressed grief and anguish over their lost ones, desiring an apology from who they believed to be the cause of the deaths, Grace and Beatrice Corp. They looked to Jan Schlichtmann to win the case. Through na�vet�, Schlichtmann accepted the case, aware that the case itself was denoted an "orphan case," meaning that it was essentially not taken by any other attorney. The plaintiffs wanted an apology, but Schlichtmann replied that in court an apology is served through granting money. Ironically, in the end the only apology given to these families was from Schlichtmann himself. A Civil Action touches further upon the interesting points of law. Robert Duvall who plays Facher teaches and exhibits ways to disrupt the flow of the opposing case. Facher emphasizes the importance of objection in the courtroom, which in effect stops the rhythm of Schlichtmann's case, disabling the jury to fully grasp the concept of the case he presents. ...read more.


Schlichtmann's inexperience ultimately led to his loss of the trial. After losing the trial, the chances on appeal were ten to one against and longer, requiring more money which they certainly did not have at that time. In the latest research, studies support that chemicals and exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and other solvents increase the risk for leukemia. Inhabitants in Woburn certainly do fit in this category, and these chemicals that they were exposed to may have affected several of their white blood cells, causing a negative genetic mutation in their DNA. The Woburn people under these conditions may have been affected by these toxins, explaining the abnormal rate of childhood leukemia associated with Woburn. As for how long these toxins have been around, no one truly knows. These contaminants, however, have been estimated to have been around Woburn for up to 65 to 80 years, leading to spiraling questions revolving around the unknown effects and numbers of those infected. ...read more.

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