August 20, 2008

OJ Got Off Easy, Part Deux

A California jury awarded $25 million in punitive damages in the civil lawsuit against O.J. Simpson. Compare that to the $60 million in punitives awarded yesterday by a Kentucky jury for a single homicide: "Jury Hits Ragland with $63.3 Million Verdict." Like OJ, the defendant in this case is a free man. He was convicted of murder, but the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction and he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, receiving a sentence of time served plus three days. He now has to contend with a $63.3 million jury verdict, but at least he's better off than this guy.