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August 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
A jury that determined a New York lawyer had swindled a Mexican American family out of the riches of Padre Island for decades said Wednesday the aging lawyer doesn't owe punitive damages. The verdict was reached after three days of deliberations. Last week, the all-Latino jury agreed that Gilbert Kerlin, 90, cheated the Balli family out of the island's oil profits after he bought the land. The jury awarded the 300 Balli heirs who sued $1.1 million for compensation and attorney fees.
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August 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
A jury that determined a New York lawyer had swindled a Mexican American family out of the riches of Padre Island for decades said Wednesday the aging lawyer doesn't owe punitive damages. The verdict was reached after three days of deliberations. Last week, the all-Latino jury agreed that Gilbert Kerlin, 90, cheated the Balli family out of the island's oil profits after he bought the land. The jury awarded the 300 Balli heirs who sued $1.1 million for compensation and attorney fees.
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August 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
Six decades after a New York lawyer bought Padre Island from a Mexican American border family, a jury determined Wednesday that he swindled the family's impoverished descendants out of $1.1 million in oil and gas royalties. On Monday, the same jury will decide how much Gilbert Kerlin, now 90, must pay to make up for decades of malice and fraud against the Balli family. Three hundred Balli heirs are asking for $11 million.
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August 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
Six decades after a New York lawyer bought Padre Island from a Mexican American border family, a jury determined Wednesday that he swindled the family's impoverished descendants out of $1.1 million in oil and gas royalties. On Monday, the same jury will decide how much Gilbert Kerlin, now 90, must pay to make up for decades of malice and fraud against the Balli family. Three hundred Balli heirs are asking for $11 million.
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August 10, 1997 | PAULINE ARRILLAGA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The history books tell how, nearly 150 years ago, Richard King and Capt. Mifflin Kenedy braved an untamed land and conquered vicious Mexican bandits to become Texas legends. They were warriors, industrialists, leaders, gentlemen. Their legacy is alive today in a sprawling tract of South Texas ranchland, where cattle still roam and oil and gas companies hunt for precious minerals. But history is written by the victors. The vanquished tell a different story.
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