Norristown, PA (December 11, 2014) – Attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi, asserting that Rafael Robb committed an “intentional, pre-meditated slaughter” when he killed his wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, today urged a Montgomery County Court judge to let stand the jury’s $124.26 million damages award in the case.
In defending the jury’s decision to assess $100 million in punitive damages as a portion of the award, Mr. Mongeluzzi said to Judge Thomas Del Ricci that the Robb’s outrageous actions more than justified the amount of the damages.
“He (Robb) beat her brains out,” stated Mr. Mongeluzzi, as the former University of Pennsylvania economics professor watched the hearing on a two-way teleconference connection from the State Correctional Institution at Albion, Erie County, Pennsylvania, where he is serving a 5-10 year sentence as part of a plea bargain for the pre-Christmas 2006 fatal bludgeoning of his wife and mother of their only child.
The hearing was on some of the defendant’s post-trial relief motions, that seek in part a new trial as well as reduction of the award in the case (2008-36401, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas) filed under Pennsylvania’s wrongful death and survival acts. The judge has taken the matter under advisement.