MGM Resorts agrees to pay up to $800 million in wake of Las Vegas massacre

Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images as reported by the New York Post on 10/3/19.

Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images as reported by the New York Post on 10/3/19.

MGM Resorts International will pay up to $800 million in a settlement for victims of the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in American history, The New York Times reports. The shooting left 58 people dead and hundreds injured.

The killer, Stephen Paddock, opened fire from his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel, which MGM owns, into an outdoor country music concert.

The settlement is in response to claims that MGM was negligent in allowing Paddock to stockpile weapons and ammunition in the 32nd-floor room, The Times reports.

“Police recovered 23 assault-style weapons, including 14 fitted with since-outlawed bump stock attachments that allowed the firearms to fire rapidly like machine guns,” according to a report by The New York Post.

California Mourns the Loss of A Judicial Giant, Richard Mosk

The California Courts lost another great judge this week. Richard M. Mosk served on the California Court of Appeal, but was renowned for a career that spanned three decades of public service working on a host of high profile commissions.

While serving on the Warren Commission, Mosk had the rather unique task of directly investigating the background of Lee Harvey Oswald.

The LA Times reports: “He firmly believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman,” said Matthew Mosk, his son and an ABC News producer. “He did not want to see history distorted by conspiracy theories.”

Mosk also served on Iran-US Claims Tribunal at The Hague. The Tribunal was created following the hostage crisis to resolve issues between the two countries.

The Times reports, “Richard Mosk also served on the Christopher Commission — which investigated the LAPD in the wake of the Rodney King beating — the Los Angeles Board of Inquiry on Brush Fires, the Los Angeles Commission on Judicial Procedures, the L.A. County Law Library board and the Stanford Athletic Board. He also was on the boards of the California Museum of Science and Industry and Town Hall California.”

At CCM, we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends who are mourning his passing, and we salute a long-standing public servant of the California Courts