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Other Double Trials

Sun., Feb. 9, 1997

Some major cases that went to both criminal and civil court:

New York subway gunman Bernhard Goetz was acquitted of attempted murder in the 1984 shooting of four young black men he said tried to mug him, but served 8 months on a weapons conviction. In 1996, a civil jury ordered him to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey, now 30, who was paralyzed and left brain-damaged by the shooting. Goetz, 48, is appealing the civil award.

Socialite Claus von Bulow was convicted, then acquitted of charges he attempted to murder his wife, Martha “Sunny” von Bulow, with insulin injections in their Newport, R.I., mansion. Her adult children by an earlier marriage renewed the attack with a $56 million civil lawsuit, and von Bulow settled in 1987 by renouncing all claims to her multimillion-dollar fortune and agreeing to divorce the comatose heiress.

Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson served three years in prison for raping a beauty queen, then negotiated a settlement to a civil lawsuit brought by the victim seeking damages for assault, battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress. Terms of the 1995 civil settlement weren’t disclosed. Tyson maintained he had consensual sex with the woman.


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