A federal jury unanimously handed up a defense verdict, rejecting allegations of discrimination by Tom Burlington, the white news anchor who was fired by the Fox 29 television station after he used the word “n*****” in an editorial meeting.

An all-white jury did not accept Burlington’s argument that he was fired because of his race and returned its verdict in favor of Fox 29 in U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s courtroom late Monday afternoon. Immediately after the verdict was read, one of Burlington’s lawyers, Laura Carlin Mattiacci, made a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict.

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