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Google, Zoom Murder, the U.N. Among May's Top Verdicts

May had a number of interesting verdicts, including cases involving Google, the United Nations, and a murder on Zoom.  

Most Horrific Verdict: Man Who Lit Roommate On Fire During Zoom Meeting Found Guilty of Murder

Min Jian Guan was convicted of first-degree murder after he killed a woman during a video conference, according to an article from KRON4. Per reports, Guan beat Yu Qin Sun with a baseball bat ahead of lighting her on fire during a class-related video call. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in mid-June.

google 76517 640smallMost Patented Verdict: Google To Pony Up $32.5M After Losing Speaker Patent Lawsuit

Google was ordered to pay $32.5 million for infringing on Sonos smart speaker patent, according to an article from The Verge. The legal dispute began in 2020 after the speaker company accused Google of “copying its patented multiroom audio technology” in the wake of a 2013 partnership. As a result of the ensuing dispute, Google was also prohibited from importing certain devices after an International Trade Commission ruling related to the accusation.

Most Dissected Verdict: Hirokawa Rape Trial Raises Questions About Future Cases

Legal experts are parsing an unusual case in Hawaii involving defendant Michael Hirokawa, who argued he was involuntarily drugged leading him to engage in abnormal behavior, including allegedly raping someone, according to an article from KHON2. Adding to the unique nature of the case, Hirokawa took the stand in his own defense and spoke about the alleged incident. Some are concerned the outcome of the trial might dissuade sexual assault victims from speaking up.

Most Transported Verdict: Limo Operator Facing Up To 15 Years In Prison For Negligent Homicide

Limo company operator Nauman Hussain, who was found liable for a 2018 limousine crash in New York that killed 20 travelers, was sentenced to “five to 15 years in prison,” according to an article from News 10. He was charged and convicted of 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter. Attorney Lee Kindlon plans to file an appeal on behalf of his client.

Most International Verdict: U.N. Court Verdict Extends Sentences Of Ex-Serbian Spy Chiefs

Two ex-spy chiefs were handed down longer prison sentences by a U.N. court as the final trial related to the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s comes to a close, according to an article from Arab News. Appeals from Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, who worked for late president Slobodan Milosevic’s security service, were unsuccessful, and as a result, they saw their jail terms extended to 15 years from their original 12. The pair were found guilty for their roles in a criminal plot to “ethnically cleanse” non-Serbians from parts of Croatia and Bosnia. 

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