A judge ordered Francisco Huizar III to pay $8.8 million to Keith King, whose wife he had been seeing for 16 months.
Why so much? Well, most of the money awarded consisted of punitive damages, solely meant to penalize the defendant. But about $2.2 million of it was in compensatory, or tangible damages.
King's attorney, Joanne Foil, said that after finding out about the ongoing infidelity of his wife, Danielle Swords, his company lost revenue and an employee --- his wife. The pair eventually separated.
But I'm not getting how the judge can possibly justify such a big number, especially since--according to the above--Huizar makes less than $100 grand a year. Perhaps the judge is letting something in his/her personal history influence the decision?
Yeah, that's really dumb. Also, why was the wife not made to pay at least half of that total? Was she not at least 50% responsible for the affair? If what the article says is true, she's actually more responsible because she admitted to pursuing the the guy she had the affair with.
If anything, the judgment (which is ridiculous in the first place) should have been levied against the wife.