Law: Getting Status and Getting Even

The victims' movement forces some criminals to right wrongs

Late one night in a suburban Denver parking lot, Stacey Johnson, then 19, was about to get into her car when Gary Tucker, 28, approached, saying that his pickup truck would not start. For two hours Johnson drove him around in search of jumper cables. When they returned to the lot, Tucker, without warning, stabbed Johnson seven times, inflicting wounds that hospitalized her for a month. Tucker was eventually sentenced to eight years for attempted murder, but Johnson wanted more. She filed a civil suit...

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