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Drunk Driver Who Killed Two Must Pay $35 Million

A driver with three previous DUI charges who crashed his truck into a car, killing a couple on vacation, was ordered by a jury to pay $35 million. Thomas Cypress’ blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when he crossed the median on the Tamiami Trail in West Miami-Dade and slammed head-on into a sedan, killing Robert and Paulette Kirkpatrick. The Kirkpatricks, who were from Maryland, were in Florida for vacation and to attend an art show where …

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Posted 12 months ago in Crime by Aaron Kase  
Michael Jackson’s Doctor Given Get Out of Jail Free Card

Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson with an overdose of anesthetic, will be released from prison in October, halfway through his four-year manslaughter sentence. He has been granted an early release in part because of good behavior, in part because of California’s overcrowded prison system. For every day that he has served behind bars in good standing, he has earned an extra day of freedom on the back end of his sentence. As long as he doesn’t …

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Bus Driver Who Killed 15 Not Guilty of Manslaughter

A bus driver who killed 15 passengers when he crashed his vehicle last year in New York City was found not guilty by a jury last week after a trial in which prosecutors tried to portray tired driving as a criminal act. Ophadell Williams, 41, was the driver of a Chinatown bus returning from a Connecticut casino in March 2011. As he was driving down I-95 in the Bronx, he hit a guardrail and flipped the bus. Fifteen passengers were …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

Convenience store ordered to pay $716 million for selling alcohol to minor A convenience store was hit with a gigantic $716 million verdict for selling alcohol to a 17 year-old driver who crashed into another car killing a man. High school senior David Holdsworth had blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit when he crashed into a car occupied by Samuel Garcia, killing him. Garcia’s family sued Best for Less Food Mart, the convenience store where Holdsworth bought alcohol before …

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