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While trial by jury is specifically prohibited in Federal Tort Claims Act cases, 28 U.S.C. § 2402, use of an advisory jury is permitted. Coffland v. United States, 57 F.R.D. 209 (N.D.W.Va.1972); Poston v. United States, 262 F. Supp. 22 (D.Haw. 1966), aff'd, 396 F.2d 103 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 393 U.S. 946, 89 S. Ct. 322, 21 L. Ed. 2d 285 (1968), rehearing denied, 393 U.S. 1072, 89 S. Ct. 724, 21 L. Ed. 2d 717 (1969); Schetter v. Housing Authority of City of Erie, 132 F. Supp. 149 (W.D.Pa.1955). Contra, Honeycutt v. United States, 19 F.R.D. 229 (W.D.La.1956). The verdict of such an advisory panel is only part of the data taken into consideration in arriving at the court's independent conclusion. 

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