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• Parents win record-setting $150 billion over son’s injuries, death. For Robert Ray “Robbie” Middleton, the fun and happiness that
comes with a birthday didn’t last long. About two weeks before his eight
birthday back in 1998, he was sexually assaulted, allegedly by 13-year-old
Willburn Collins. On his birthday, Collins allegedly tied Middleton to a tree,
poured gas on him and set him on fire. Middleton managed to escape, but
suffered serious burns over his body. He died of skin cancer this past
April; he was 20 years old. As for Collins, he’s now 26 and in prison – but not for the assaults on Middleton...
• More trouble at Sheriff Joe’s jail. File this one under “When it
rains, it pours.” You’ve heard of “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio. “America’s Toughest
Sheriff” is perhaps best known for his “tent city” jails and tough stance on
immigration. His hardline stance makes him a target of scrutiny, and lately
things haven’t gone well....
• Starbucks’ clean floor costs it $7.5 mill for customer’s injuries. A store manager finished mopping the floor of his San Diego area Starbucks. Moments later, Anthony Zaccaglin made the short walk from the cashier to the pick-up counter to get his order, crossing over the freshly moped floor. Zaccaglin slipped and fell, hitting his head during in the fall....
• Crash victim’s family wins $8.8 million. Myriam del Socorro
Lopez was riding in a car driven by her husband, Wilson Torres. At the
same time, 17-year-old Luis Cruz-Govin was traveling on the same road,
only he was speeding, weaving in and out traffic and texting! Cruz-Govin
slammed into Lopez’s car; she died at the scene. Torres suffered internal
injuries and a cut spanning from his chest to stomach....
• Not in the running for “Boss of the Year.” For more than 15 years, Freddie Davis worked as a nurse for Prison Health Services at the Santa Rita Jail in the San Francisco area. She had an exemplary employment record, and apparently loved her job. That all changed in 2006 when, according to her, she spoke up on behalf of herself and other nurses about race- and sex-based discriminatory treatment of the nurses by a manager for Prison Health Services....
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