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Michael Jackson, Life Sentences for Juveniles Top April Verdicts

From Michael Jackson to juvenile offenders going away for life, here are some notable verdicts from April.

michael jackson 1194269 640Most Celebrity Verdict: Judge Tosses Suit Holding Michael Jackson’s Firms Responsible for Molestation

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Michael Jackson’s companies did not have a “duty of care” that would require them to protect boys from alleged sexual abuse, according to an article from The New York Daily News. To that end, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young tossed a case brought by accuser Wade Robson who alleges the late pop start molested him when he was a boy. Young, in his ruling, agreed with MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, the defendants in the suit, that they were under no obligation to protect the accuser from any alleged molestation.

Most Complex Verdict: Security Guard Not Guilty After Apartment Shooting

Melvin Hall was found not guilty of the death of Naytasia Williams, who was shot and killed in The Towne and Terrace apartment complex in Indiana, according to an article from a CBS 4 Indy. Hall, a private security guard working at the apartment complex, was accused of wrongfully killing Williams in her car after she got into a verbal altercation with another person in the complex. A search of the car resulted in authorities finding a gun in the vehicle. A civil trial against the City of Indianapolis and the apartment complex is pending, as well.

Most Supreme Verdict: SCOTUS Says FTC Can't Force Monetary Penalties from Wrongdoers

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled the Federal Trade Commission cannot force companies found to have engaged in wrongdoing to “pay back consumers or give up ill-gotten profit,” according to an article from Politico. The ruling found that the agency is allowed to pursue injunctive relief to stop improper activities but lacks the authority to “seek monetary remedies like restitution,” wrote Justice Stephen Breyer. Congress is considering legislation that could bolster the FTC’s authority with respect to ordering monetary relief.

Most Juvenile Verdict: Life Sentences for Juveniles Will Not Need Separate Finding Offender is Incapable of Being Rehabilitated

A 6-3 Supreme Court ruling rejected additional limitations when sentencing juvenile offenders facing a life sentence with no parole, according to an article from CNN. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the majority decision “holding that a sentencer will not have to make a separate finding that the juvenile offender was incapable of being rehabilitated,” according to the article. Justice Sonia Sotomayor penned a dissent on behalf of the minority, which included Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer.

Most International: China Rules Against Safari Park in First-of-its-Kind Facial Recognition Case

A Chinese court ordered the Hangzhou Safari Park to delete the facial recognition data of a university lecturer as it was collected without the man’s consent, according to an article from CGTN. In addition to plaintiff Guo Bing’s data being deleted, he was also paid 1038 yuan, or $158. The verdict in the high-profile case was handed down from the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court and delivered on the second day of proceedings.

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