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Docket Digest - April 21st, 2021

Docket Digest - April 21st, 2021
Good Afternoon,
This week’s Digest includes three legal-related stories #InTheNews.
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#InTheNews - THREE GUILTY VERDICTS FOR DEREK CHAUVIN
Derek Chauvin was found guilty on the three charges he faced — second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter — all 3 for the same crime: pinning George Floyd to the concrete with his knee on Floyd’s neck before Floyd died.
Unintentional second-degree murder is defined as causing death without intent to do so, while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense. The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 40 years. [Defined by NPR]
Third-degree murder is causing death to an individual by “perpetrating an act imminently dangerous to others and evidencing a depraved mind without regard for human life,” but without the intent to cause death. It carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. [Defined by NPR]
Second-degree manslaughter is causing the death of another by “culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk” in which the defendant “consciously takes the risk of causing death or great bodily harm to another individual.” It carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. [Defined by NPR]
When juries are given the option of choosing from multiple counts, it begs the issue of how one act may satisfy the criteria for three distinct offenses. In convicting Chauvin of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter… The jury was not required to determine that Chauvin wanted to kill Floyd. The legal term for your culpable mindset within a criminal act is “mens rea”.
“The intention or knowledge of wrongdoing that constitutes part of a crime, as opposed to the action or conduct of the accused.” -Oxford Dictionary
The sentencing for Chauvin is expected to take place 8 weeks from now.
#InTheNews - OLIGARCH SON TOLD TO PAY MOM
After losing a court decision over his part in shielding assets from his mother, Temur Akhmedov, the son of a Russian oligarch embroiled in the UK’s biggest divorce lawsuit, will have to compensate his mother $100 million.
Temur Akhmedov and his billionaire father, Farkhad Akhmedov, worked together to prevent his mother from receiving a $627 million court-ordered divorce settlement. The court described Temur as “an untrustworthy person who will go to every length to help his parent (referring to father).“
The trial drew public attention when Temur admitted to losing more than $50 million while day trading as a college student. He argued that instead of shielding his father’s wealth from his mother, he lost some of it by poor investments.
Temur’s mother is attempting to reclaim some of the money by demanding the keys to a luxurious apartment overlooking London’s Hyde Park. She has been denied any divorce settlements, forcing her to depend on attorneys in helping her prosecute lawsuits in at least six nations.
#InTheNews - MEDIA PIRACY LAWSUIT
As part of a crackdown on copyrighted material, media conglomerate, ABS-CBN Corp. is suing 40 video piracy outlets. They also released a statement announcing the filing of a $40 million case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
The broadcasting network said that the websites were infringing on ABS-CBN copyrights and trademarks as described in the case ABS-CBN v. 123Fullpinoymovies.hub.com. They also mentioned that a temporary injunction was recently granted against these 40 pirate domains by the judge.
Pirates, according to ABS-CBN, have thrived since the COVID-19 pandemic. Piracy domains included malware that could corrupt user electronics. Stephen M. Gaffigan and Christine Daley are representing attorneys in the lawsuit.
Thank you for reading!
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