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Where will the money come from?

Asked by jordym84 (4737 points ) October 19th, 2012

I was just reading this article regarding the outcome of the case against Don Collins for his 1998 attack on then-8-year-old Robbie Middleton and, assuming that the defendant does not possess that kind of money ($150 billion), I’m wondering where it will come from – in this as well as in other cases where the plaintiff is awarded a large sum of money. Does anyone know?

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gailcalled's avatar

The money is largely symbolic. No one really expects that Collins will cough up anything.

Patton's avatar

Like the article says, it’s largely symbolic. The family will be entitled to all of Collins’ seizable assets for the rest of his life, but they’ll never see anything close to $150 billion. It’s just the jury’s way of saying the guy should be economically fucked for the rest of his life for what he did.

jaytkay's avatar

The money comes from the defendant.

His net worth is approximately $0, and the plaintiff will receive approximately $0.

Kayak8's avatar

The goal is not money but to get the man prosecuted for murder (or at least attempted murder) so he can’t do this to anyone else. He is currently serving time for harming another 8 year old boy and is due to be released soon.

jordym84's avatar

Hmm interesting. So, if I understand correctly, if the defendant had that kind of money (or any money at all for that matter) he would have to pay it up to the family, right? Further, in a case like this one where he clearly doesn’t have the resources, besides his barely-existent net worth will the family get anything from any other source related to the defendant?

augustlan's avatar

No, they will not receive money from any other source, either. (Unless there is a book or movie made out of the case. They might earn some money from that.)

Buttonstc's avatar

As I read through that, I kept wondering why the DAs office never prosecuted this guy.

That totally boggles the mind.

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