On this week’s Justice is Served, we discuss the guilty verdict in the Aaron Hernandez murder case. The former New England Patriots player was found guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Jurors deliberated over seven days, for 35 hours. The prosecution spent two months putting more than 100 witnesses on the stand. The defense put just three witnesses on the stand and, for the first time, admitted in closing argument that Hernandez was present when Lloyd died but that he was not responsible for Lloyd’s death. Hernandez was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Also this week, we discuss the shooting deaths of Walter Scott and Eric Harris, both unarmed men killed by police. We also give updates in the cases of Suge Knight and Robert Durst.
Legal Analyst Mari Fagel joined KGO radio host Maureen Langan on her show to discuss the 18-year sentence handed down to Kevin Bollaert for running a revenge porn site. On the site UGotPosted.com, men could post nude photos of their ex-girlfriends without their permission, along with identifying information. In addition to running UGotPosted.com, Bollaert also ran a sister site, ChangeMyReputation.com, where he would charge the women up to $350 to remove their nude photos. Bollaert was convicted of 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion.
In this week’s Justice is Served, we discuss the latest legal news, starting with the 18-year sentence handed down to Kevin Bollaert for running a revenge porn site where men could post nude photos of their ex-girlfriends without their permission, along with identifying information. In addition to running UGotPosted.com, Bollaert also ran a sister site, ChangeMyReputation.com, where he would charge the women up to $350 to remove their nude photos. Bollaert was convicted of 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion. His prosecution is the first of a revenge porn site owner, and the judge likely issued the harsh sentence to set an example and deter future similar conduct.
It didn’t help that when asked by prosecutors why he started the site, he said it was “fun,” a quote which the judge read aloud when issuing his sentence. Twenty-one women testified during the trial about the effects of his posts, including one woman who attempted suicide, and another who was kicked out of her home. In other legal news, we discuss whether the Boston bomber, found guilty today, should be sentenced to death or not, and offer verdict predictions in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial.
In this week’s Justice is Served, we discuss the arrest of New York real estate scion Robert Durst for the 2000 murder of his friend, Susan Berman, in Beverly Hills. Durst was the subject of a six-part HBO documentary, titled The Jinx, which revealed new evidence that could be key to a conviction. Watch our take on whether such evidence will be admissible in court and whether Durst will finally be convicted after decades of suspicion in the disappearance of his wife, Kathie Durst, the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, and the murder his neighbor, Morris Black. He was acquitted of murdering Black in Texas in 2003. We also discuss what role the HBO documentarians will play in court.
In this week’s Justice is Served, we discuss the release of the video showing Suge Knight’s fatal hit and run. Knight ran over two men in a parking lot outside of Tam’s Burgers in Compton, killing Terry Carter. The video shows Knight’s truck pull up, Cle Sloan approaches the vehicle, attacks Knight through the driver’s side window, then Knight backs his car into reverse, clipping Sloan and knocking him down. Knight then puts his truck in drive and mows down Carter, who had been standing in the parking lot, killing Carter. Knight’s defense will likely be that Carter and Sloan, security for the “Straight Outta Compton” NWA biopic filming, pulled out their guns and attacked him, so his only way to save himself was by running them over. However, while Knight’s decision to initially put his car in reverse may fit that story, the prosecution will likely argue he could have then fled and driven down the street to safety instead of gunning it and driving back into the parking lot. Another crucial part of the video is at the end, when it appears as if someone removes a handgun from Sloan’s waistband. If Sloan was pointing a gun at Knight, that would boost his self-defense claim.
We also round up the latest legal news, including the police shooting death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed black teenager, in Wisconsin, the $7.3 million verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell for trademark infringement, the latest Bill Cosby accuser to come forward, Chris Brown’s legal drama with the mother of his child and more.