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A Crittenden County jury has awarded the former Arkansas State Medical Board chairman $122.5 million in damages against a former Russellville doctor who orchestrated a 2009 bombing that severely injured him.

Dr. Trent Pierce was injured at his West Memphis home on Feb. 4, 2009, when a bomb hidden in a spare tire that was placed in front of his car exploded. Pierce was severely burned and suffered broken bones and teeth, partial hearing loss and the loss of sight in one eye.

A jury Tuesday awarded Pierce and his wife, Melissa, $17.5 million in compensatory damages for injuries suffered and $105 million in punitive damages, attorney Robert Cearley said Wednesday. The Pierces originally filed the civil suit against Randeep Mann and other unknown defendants in 2010, and a circuit judge issued a partial summary judgment in 2013 in favor of the Pierces, leaving a jury to determine the amounts of damages to award the Pierces.

Mann was in 2010 sentenced to life in prison in the bombing. Prosecutors argued Mann plotted the attack in retaliation for the board not reinstating his permit to prescribe medication after it had been revoked over concern about several of his patients overdosing.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • jgbear
    March 19, 2015 at 12:28 p.m.

    Justice finally! Congratulations Dr. Pierce and family. Prayers remain with you.

  • dumblikeme
    March 19, 2015 at 1:03 p.m.

    So does Randeep Mann or his estate have $105 million to pay the punitive damages? He certainly won't be able to earn that much for the rest of his life. If not, does the $105M still get paid, and if so, by whom? If an insurance company pays it, then the only ones being "punished" by the "punitive" damages are you and I through higher insurance rates. Does that make any sense? I understand the need for compensatory damages, even if those end up being paid by an insurance company.

  • mitchstoner
    March 19, 2015 at 2:26 p.m.

    Mann is being already being punished by life in prison. So I agree--the huge monetary award does little to punish him.

  • Felina
    March 19, 2015 at 3:06 p.m.

    I'm sure Dr Pierce will never see the money, it was purely a symbolic victory. However, it ensures that whatever money Randeep Mann was planning to make from writing a book or whatever, he will never see it

  • mitchstoner
    March 19, 2015 at 3:21 p.m.

    It's a shame. I'm sure, with a capable co-author, Mann's story would be very interesting. Now he has no incentive to write it.

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