A female oil rig supervisor is accused of murdering one of her male workers, but her celebrity defense attorney argues that she was the victim of constant sexual harassment, and that she was raped.
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"Res ipsa loquitur" is Latin for "the thing speaks for itself". So Goodwin was saying Dekker's actions proved her claim that he was being sexist. "Res ipsa loquitur" is also a legal term in common law torts, it's used to describe a situation where an accident is caused by a negligent action, or inaction depending on the situation. It's usually used as a defense when someone who was injured in an accident is suing someone for damages, and the lawyer of the person being sued defends their client by trying to prove that the plaintiff was injured not because of something the defendant did, but because of some negligent act committed by the plaintiff. Example being if a drunk person slips, falls and injures them-self at a restaurant and tries to sue the restaurant owner, claiming they fell because of a slippery floor, when in fact that person slipped because they were intoxicated, not from a wet or slippery floor. See more
When the jury reads the verdict they fail to specify whether the defendant was found guilty of first or second degree murder. Part of the jury's job was not only to determine if the defendant was guilty of murder, but also to determine if said murder was premeditated. They need to specify which degree of murder the defendant is guilty of so the judge can give an appropriate sentence. Second degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after a certain time, usually 25 years, though sometimes less. First degree murder in the state of California carries a minimum sentence of life without the possibility of parole, and if the judge feels it is appropriate the death penalty can be given. See more
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