The jury acquitted six of the soldiers: William Wemms, William M’Cauley, Hugh White, William Warren, John Carrol and James Hartegan. The other two soldiers, Hugh Montgomery and Matthew Killroy, were found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter, therefore escaping the death penalty. Both men invoked the “benefit of the clergy” allowing them to avoid a long imprisonment. They had their thumbs branded with the letter “M”, leaving a permanent mark so that they would not receive a lenient treatment in the future.
3. They have the financial backing to compete with bigger clubs. It’s not like before where players would go to the likes of Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns. They can attract big name players and they can pay the big salaries. This means that their squad keeps improving and it means they have a good chance to win titles.
4. They have the home ground where they do well. They can make Milpark [Bidvest Stadium] a fortress. Teams don’t want to travel to Milpark because they know that they will have a tough time against Wits. The good thing now is that Wits do equally well away from home.
Contributory negligence has led to harsh results in some cases, and the majority of states have replaced the doctrine with an alternative called comparative negligence (also called "non-absolute contributory negligence"). The doctrine of comparative negligence reduces a plaintiff's recovery by the percentage in which the plaintiff is at fault for his or her damages. A majority of states have modified this rule, barring a plaintiff from recovering if the plaintiff is as much at fault (in some states) or more at fault (in other states) than the defendant.