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Does This Widow Deserve $23 Billion?
Daily Beast, by Kevin Bleyer

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/27/2014 5:44:08 AM

A jury awards a woman $23 billion. The Constitution said nothing about this. Last week, a jury of her peers awarded a lone human, Cynthia Robinson, over $23.6 billion to punish a cigarette company for the death of her husband. And poof, they were no longer her peers—that is, unless they happened to be the only jury in history to be composed entirely of multi-billionaires. The rest of America—depending on its feelings about corporate malfeasance versus individual responsibility—was cornered into only one of two positions when it heard the exorbitant pile of punitive damages the defendant, RJ Reynolds, was told to pony

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 7/27/2014 6:05:53 AM     (No. 9941683)

You can´t fix stupid, but obviously they can sit on a jury.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq, 7/27/2014 7:27:40 AM     (No. 9941726)

The legal system is nothing more than a game.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 7/27/2014 7:34:16 AM     (No. 9941731)

My opinion of the jury system became very skeptical after the OJ trial.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/27/2014 8:01:46 AM     (No. 9941761)

I posted this comment initially on the wrong thread. I wish the main forum had a Delete Comment button like they have on The Connection.

My husband had an employee, now retired, who was always selected for the jury when he was called. And he seemed to get jury duty notices quite often. We could never understand it, because this guy was sweet-natured but really dumb. Of course, that lack of analytical ability was exactly what some lawyers wanted.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/27/2014 8:13:07 AM     (No. 9941778)

This serious subject - this travesty - deserves far better than this writer´s smart aleck writing.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/27/2014 8:28:21 AM     (No. 9941787)

Re #3, we all got skeptical of the legal system when O.J.´s trial was moved from its appropriate venue - the Santa Monica courthouse - to the Los Angeles courthouse downtown. This was a transparent move to change the jury pool from his West Side peers (where the murders were committed and where he lived), who would have been mostly white, to a somewhat different jury pool downtown.

It worked. The biased jurors went for jury nullification based upon his race and his celebrity.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/27/2014 8:37:56 AM     (No. 9941798)

This so wrong on so many levels.
1. Cigarettes are a LEGAL product that our Government depends on for revenue.
2. Every one know that smoking has risks, it is impossible to deny it with plausability.
3. I doubt if the jury knows the difference between Million and Billion.
LARGE companies MUST stop being made targets by attorneys that act like vampires.
Personal responsibility for one´s life choices should be taught from an eary age.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: susieq1, 7/27/2014 9:23:47 AM     (No. 9941847)

We have free choice whether good or bad. No the husband made the choice to smoke; therefore, the consequences.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: shimmer128, 7/27/2014 10:10:26 AM     (No. 9941921)

I wouldn´t have given her 23 cents. Husband knew the risks and accepted the odds and lost. Oh well.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tommyr, 7/27/2014 12:01:40 PM     (No. 9942039)

Has the press, local or otherwise. disclosed the racial/ethnic composition of the jury. The lawyers for the plaintiff were two of three, blacks, specialists in high dollar cases, and the plaintiff black. My bets are that the races of the jury were mostly minority.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: saguni, 7/27/2014 1:18:37 PM     (No. 9942111)

IIRC, didn´t her husband start smoking in 1976, a decade after the Surgeon General´s warning was printed on every pack of cigarettes?
She doesn´t deserve $23.60, if she and her husband ignored a printed warning.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/27/2014 2:16:49 PM     (No. 9942162)

No.

Anyone sentient citizen who smoked past 1965 (when warnings atarted appearing on cigarette packs), has no case, short of a jury with a collective IQ of less than one hundred points, should be laughed at when approaching the bench. Suing tobacco companies after cancer sets in is no different than suing an ammunition maker after an unsuccessful bout of Russian Roulette.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/28/2014 2:05:08 AM     (No. 9942619)

Could We see the jury ? Where was this trial ?

Just curious, if the victim had been white, would the amount be the same ?

More ´sticking it to de man´ thinking that corporate America has bottomless pockets.

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