Most Presidential Verdict: Cruz Citizenship Challenge Tossed in NY Court
Amid concerns of his eligibility to be president, Ted Cruz was on the winning side of a New York case aimed at challenging his status as an American citizen, according to a recent article from the Associated Press.
State Supreme Court Justice David Weinstein ruled that a challenge to his citizenship--Cruz was born in Canada to his mother, a U.S. citizen--was filed after the legal deadline. The case was dismissed. Barry Korman and William Gallo claimed Cruz is not a "natural born citizen," and thus ineligible to serve as president.
Most Genocidal Verdict: 'Butcher of Bosnia' Guilty of Genocide, War Crimes
The so-called “Butcher of Bosnia,” was given a four-decade sentence after being convicted of genocide and war crimes, according to a recent article from CNN.
Radovan Karadzic was said to have participated in atrocities that Bosnian Serb forces committed during the Bosnian War in the early 1990s. A United Nations court in The Hague, Netherlands, found that Karadzic was partially responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, which claimed the lives of 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. They were killed by Serb forces he commanded.
The trial was heard in the ad-hoc International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, created to prosecute serious crimes committed during conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. A former psychiatrist, Karadzic was found guilty of “10 of the 11 charges against him, including extermination, persecution, forcible transfer, terror and hostage taking,” according to the article. He has the right to appeal and may be credited for the nearly eight years he spent in custody. His trial ended in 2014 after 500 days, and included more than 11,000 exhibits and 586 witnesses.
Most Invasive Verdict: Sports Personality Erin Andrews Nabs $55M in Stalker Video Suit
Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million in damages for pain and suffering after she was allegedly videotaped naked by a stalker in a Nashville hotel room, according to an editorial from The New York Daily News.
The video was then released on the Internet. The award from the jury for the 2008 incident is far more than fair, though, according to the editorial. The article cites smaller awards for the families of victims in other cases where the victim died, like the killing of Eric Garner in New York City or Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Garner's family received $5.9 million and Gray's family got $6.4 million.
Most Hip Verdict: J&J Hit with $500M Award from Texas Jury
Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay close to $500 million by a federal jury in Texas after five plaintiffs claimed injury from Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants, according to a recent article from Reuters.
Jurors found the hips were defective and Johnson & Johnson did not warn the public of the risks. They awarded $360 million in punitive damages and $140 million in compensatory damages. Counsel for Johnson & Johnson said they expect an appeals court to reduce the damages. There are more than 8,000 Pinnacle lawsuits consolidated in Texas federal court.
Most Terrifying Verdict: Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty After Trying to Join ISIS
Muhammad Dakhlalla, a 23-year-old from Mississippi has pleaded guilty to "providing material support to terrorism," according to a recent article from the Associated Press.
Dakhlalla allegedly tried to go to Syria with his fiancé to join ISIS. He was arrested as the result of an undercover sting and could see up to "20 years in prison, $250,000 fines and lifetime probation." His fiance, Jaelyn Delshaun Young , faces trial in June.