J. Paul Getty refused to pay for his 16-year-old grandson’s ransom. When an ear arrived by mail and the kidnappers lowered the sum to $3m instead of $17m, he agreed to pay only $2.2 million – the maximum amount that would be tax deductible. He lent his son the remaining $800.000, at a 4% interest.
In 1989, Donald Trump paid $85,000 for an ad pushing death penalty for 14 year old boy who was later exonerated of the crime. Even though proven innocent through DNA testing, Trump still refuses to apologize.