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MARTIN W. BARBOUR v. MARK H. MERRILL </h1> <p class="docCourt"> </p> <p> May 16, 1995 </p> <p class="case-parties"> <b>MARTIN W. BARBOUR, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE<br><br>v.<br><br>MARK H. MERRILL, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS VICE PRESIDENT, SUPPORT SERVICES; MEDLANTIC MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS<br><br>GREGORY J. WALLING, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE</b><br><br> </p> <div class="caseCopy"> <div class="facLeaderBoard"> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1233285632737842"; /* FACLeaderBoard */ google_ad_slot = "8524463142"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //--> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src=""> </script> </div class="facLeaderBoard"> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p><br> BEFORE: Edwards, Chief Judge; Wald, Silberman, Buckley, Williams, Ginsburg, Sentelle, Henderson, Randolph, Rogers, and Tatel, Circuit Judges.</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> Per Curiam</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> FOR PUBLICATION</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> Issued May 16, 1995</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> and Consolidated Case No. 93-7223</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> On Appellants' Suggestion for Rehearing En Banc</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> ORDER</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> The Suggestion for Rehearing En Banc of appellants/cross-appellees has been circulated to the full Court. No member of the Court requested the taking of a vote thereon. Upon consideration of the foregoing, it is ORDERED, by the court en banc, that the suggestion is denied.</p></div> <div class="facAdFloatLeft"> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1233285632737842"; /* FACContentLeftSkyscraperWide */ google_ad_slot = "1266897617"; google_ad_width = 160; google_ad_height = 600; //--> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> </div class="facLeaderBoard"> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> FOR THE COURT:</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> Mark J. Langer, Clerk</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> A statement of Circuit Judge Williams concurring in the denial of rehearing en banc, joined by Circuit Judges Silberman and Ginsburg, is attached.</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> Williams, Circuit Judge, with whom Silberman and Ginsburg, Circuit Judges, join, concurring in the denial of rehearing en banc: Although the evidence supporting an inference of discrimination seems to me thin to the point of virtual invisibility, such an intensely fact-bound issue is unsuitable for en banc review. I do not construe the panel opinion to read St. Mary's Honor Ctr. v. Hicks, 113 S. Ct. 2742 (1993), as saying that the factfinder is free to find discrimination in every case where the plaintiff has established a prima facie case and offered evidence sufficient to disprove the defendant's attempted rebuttal. The Court wrote:</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"><p> The factfinders' disbelief of the reasons put forward by the defendant (particularly if disbelief is accompanied by a suspicion of mendacity) may together with the elements of the prima facie case, suffice to show intentional discrimination.</p></div> <div class="numbered-paragraph"> <p> Id. at 2749 (emphasis added). The word "may" is ambiguous. It might mean that the factfinder is completely free to find discrimination, in the sense that an appellate court could never reverse such a decision on the evidence. 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