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Drunk Driver Ordered to Pay $5M for Killing College Student

A woman who was driving drunk and crashed into another car, killing a college student, was ordered to pay $5.65 million to the victim’s parents. In the early morning hours of Oct. 24, 2009, 20-year-old Bailey Sloan was driving a friend home an hour west of Los Angeles in Grand Terrace, Calif. when they ran out of gas and pulled over to refuel. Their parked car was struck by Cynthia Redmond, who crossed all lanes of traffic and hit Sloan …

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Posted 9 months ago in Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
Michael Jackson’s Mother Testifies in Wrongful Death Trial

Michael Jackson’s mother took the stand last week in the famous pop star’s wrongful death trial, dabbing away tears at one point as she talked about her son’s life and premature demise. “It hurts to sit here and listen to all these things,” said Katherine Jackson. “To listen to how sick my son was and nobody was trying to help him.” Jackson and her grandchildren are suing concert promoters AEG Live, claiming the company pushed the signer too hard in …

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Posted 9 months ago in Criminal Law Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Man Who Hired Hit Man to Kill Son-In-Law Must Pay $9.6M

An Oklahoma man who killed his son-in-law in a murder-for-hire plot has been ordered by a judge to pay $9.6 million to the victim’s family. Philip Gattuso, a North Dakota dentist, was married to Gene Kirkpatrick’s daughter, Valerie. Kirkpatrick paid $3,000 to have Gattuso murdered because he was unhappy with how his son-in-law was raising his granddaughter. The hitman beat Gattuso to death with a hammer in his Fargo condo. In the civil trial, held before a judge, the victim’s …

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Posted 9 months ago in Criminal Law Personal Injury by Michele Bowman  
Zimmerman Acquitted but Could Be Charged with Hate Crime

Following his July 13 acquittal in the criminal trial for the second-degree murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman now faces the possibility of civil liability. The jury took two days to deliberate, clearing Zimmerman of both second-degree murder and the lesser offense of manslaughter. He looked stunned during the announcement of the verdict, then smiled as his lawyers congratulated him.   Protests, DOJ Action Follow  The verdict sparked protests around the country on Sunday, and the NAACP has …

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Posted 9 months ago in Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
Director Wanted To Stop Michael Jackson’s Tour Production

Michael Jackson‘s tour director testified in court last week that he thought production for the “This Is It” tour should have ceased because the pop star was in such bad shape the days preceding his death.  Kenny Ortega told jurors that he was worried “that all that we had worked for together, Michael and I — this dream, this desire — was going to fall away.” “I saw a Michael that frightened me, a Michael that was shivering and cold,” …

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