March 19, 2008

$375 Million Punitive Award for Murder; OJ Simpson Got off Easy

The Reno Gazette Journal reports that a jury awarded damages of more than $590 million (with $375 million of that in punitive damages) to Darren and Charla Mack's 9-year-old daughter and Charla's estate, in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against Darren who had previously admitted stabbing Charla to death on June 12, 2006, in the garage of his townhouse. He has insisted that it was self defense, but pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Nov. 5. He is now seeking to withdraw his guilty plea.

UPDATE (by Curt Cutting at 11:30 AM): In case you're wondering, the punitive damages award against OJ was $25 million.