Court Awards $23.6 Billion To Widow In Smoking Lawsuit


(PCM) A Florida court jury has awarded Cynthia Robinson, the widow of Michael Johnson, Sr, $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit she filed against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company back in 2008.

Robinson claimed that smoking killed her husband, who was 36 years old at the time of his death. He began smoking when he was only 13-years old and died of lung cancer. Robinson feels that the tobacco company is to blame.

The court trial lasted about four weeks and jurors deliberated for nearly 15 hours before reaching a verdict in the case. The jury found that the tobacco company was negligent in informing Michael Johnson of the dangers of smoking such as causing lung cancer and also the fact that nicotine is highly addictive.

On top of the $23.6 billion, the court also awarded Robinson with nearly $16 million in compensatory damages.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is planning to appeal the ruling but there has been no word on when a new trial will take place.

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New York Woman Lives With Her Mothers Corpse For Three Years


(PCM) Many are claiming that this story sounds as if it was taken straight from the film “Psycho”, as it has been recently discovered that a woman from Brooklyn, NY has been living with the corpse of her dead mother for nearly three years.

The woman, named Chava Stirn, was able to hide her the body of her mother, Susie Rosenthal, in her apartment for three years without anyone knowing about it. Strin had Rosenthal’s bones set up on a pile of trash bags in the apartment’s kitchen.

It is also reported that Stirn allegedly slept next to the remains, as it was found that she would drag a chair out into the kitchen to sleep next to the pile of bones. Her own twin size bed in the apartment was found to be covered with stacks of paperwork.

What is even odder about this story, is that neighbors told authorities that they have never actually seen Stirn or Rosenthal and it was not until the building superintendent needed to gain access to the apartment to fix a leak that the mother’s remains were discovered.

Stirn refused to allow the superintendent to enter the apartment so he returned with emergency works who then broke down the door to gain entrance. When approached by authorities, Stirn was acting erratically and was eventually taken to Maimonides Medical Center for a psych evaluation. Police say Stirn believed that her mother had left her in the apartment to die.

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Move Over Hot Felon! The Duck Face Felon Is In The (Big) House!


(PCM) While there have been plenty of mug shot photos circulating online, especially those that are considered to be “hot”, but the latest mug shot creating a viral frenzy online is the “duck face” mug shot!

Angela Green was recently arrested at a Quality Inn in Ohio after refusing to leave the hotel room after it was past the scheduled check-out time. She was charged with obstructing business, but it is not the story of her arrest that is making headlines, it’s her absolutely ridiculous mug shot pose.

When the hotel called police to the room because the Green was refusing to leave, they gave her the option of either leaving the room or paying to rent it out for another night. She then proceeded to become very loud and uncooperative with authorities which is what led to her arrest.

She was eventually booked and released on a $354 dollar bond, however her mug shot will forever live in infamy!

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