Israeli Court Says Converts to Non-Orthodox Judaism Can Claim Citizenship

People who convert in Israel to Reform or Conservative Judaism have a right to citizenship, the Supreme Court ruled, chipping at the power of Orthodox authorities that see them as non-Jewish.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #decisions-and-verdicts, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #orthodox-judaism

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Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Found Guilty of Corruption

Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.

#azibert-gilbert, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #decisions-and-verdicts, #france, #herzog-thierry, #les-republicains-france, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #sarkozy-nicolas

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Shamima Begum Loses Effort to Return to U.K. in Fight for Citizenship

The British woman, 21, who joined the Islamic State when she was 15, has sought to return home to challenge a decision to strip her of her citizenship, which could leave her stateless.

#begum-shamima, #decisions-and-verdicts, #great-britain, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria

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Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Bid to Conceal Taxes and Financial Records

The former president’s accountants will give New York prosecutors the financial records he has spent years trying to shield.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-taxes-us, #mazars-usa, #supreme-court-us, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

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Trump’s Tax Returns Are ‘One Piece of the Puzzle.’ Prosecutors Are Getting More.

For all that they reveal, tax returns have limitations. Other records from the former president’s accountants may help give a fuller picture of his finances.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-taxes-us, #mazars-usa, #supreme-court-us, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Bid to Conceal Taxes, Financial Records

The former president’s accountants will give the records he has spent years trying to shield to New York prosecutors.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-taxes-us, #mazars-usa, #supreme-court-us, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Bid to Conceal Financial Records

The former president’s accountants will give the records he has spent years trying to shield to New York prosecutors.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-taxes-us, #mazars-usa, #supreme-court-us, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Meghan Markle Wins Privacy Case Against Mail on Sunday

The Duchess of Sussex sued after The Mail on Sunday published extracts of a letter she had written to her estranged father in 2018.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #mail-on-sunday-the-newspaper, #markle-meghan, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Meaning of Incitement May Differ in a Court Than in an Impeachment Trial

The Supreme Court has placed strict First Amendment limits on incitement charges in court. But many legal scholars say they do not apply in impeachment trials.

#constitution-us, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #impeachment, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Tennessee Executed Sedley Alley. Was He Innocent?

If DNA exonerates Sedley Alley, it will be the first time someone was proved to have been wrongly put to death.

#alley-sedley, #capital-punishment, #clement-paul-d, #collins-suzanne-marie-1966-85, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #scheck-barry, #supreme-courts-state, #tennessee

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Supreme Court Partly Backs Religious Challenge to California Virus Restrictions

The ruling followed a similar one in a case from New York and provided more evidence of a change in the court’s direction after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

#barrett-amy-coney, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #newsom-gavin, #places-of-worship, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Assadollah Assadi, Iranian Envoy, Found Guilty in France Bomb Plot

A court in Belgium sentenced Assadollah Assadi, an envoy based in Vienna, to 20 years in prison for his role in a thwarted attack on a group that seeks to overthrow the Iranian leadership.

#assadi-assadollah, #belgium, #bombs-and-explosives, #decisions-and-verdicts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #iran, #mujahedeen-khalq, #rajavi-maryam, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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Federal Court Lifts Block on Trump Policy Expelling Migrant Children at the Border

The prospect of border agents again turning away children is likely to renew pressure on the Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘Likely Innocent’: Judge Frees Woman Jailed 15 Years in Child’s Death

Rosa Jimenez was imprisoned after being convicted of murder in the death of a toddler who choked on paper towels while she was babysitting him in 2003. Experts now say the death was accidental.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #austin-tex, #decisions-and-verdicts, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #jimenez-rosa-estella, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #texas, #travis-county-tex

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Shell Subsidiary Must Compensate Nigerian Farmers, Dutch Court Rules

An appeals court said that a small group of farmers in the Niger Delta region whose livelihoods were affected by oil spills in 2006 and 2007 should receive payouts.

#agriculture-and-farming, #decisions-and-verdicts, #niger-delta-nigeria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #royal-dutch-shell-plc

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Top Pakistani Court Upholds Reversal of Conviction in Daniel Pearl Killing

The court ordered the release of Ahmed Omar Sheikh, a man previously convicted of being the mastermind of the American journalist’s abduction and murder.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pakistan, #pearl-daniel, #sheikh-ahmed-omar, #supreme-court-of-pakistan, #terrorism, #wall-street-journal

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German Neo-Nazi Sentenced to Life for Murder of Merkel Ally

The 2019 killing appeared to be the country’s first political assassination by a far-right extremist since the end of World War II.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ernst-stephan, #germany, #lubcke-walter, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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Master Tenant Pleads Guilty in Ghost Ship Fire That Killed 36

Some relatives of those killed in the Oakland warehouse fire in 2016 said they were outraged that prosecutors had a deal with the defendant that they said would allow him to avoid additional time behind bars.

#alameda-county-calif, #almena-derick-ion, #decisions-and-verdicts, #fires-and-firefighters, #harris-max-cardin, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oakland-calif, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Egypt Overturns Jail Sentences for 2 Women Who Gained Fame on TikTok

Convicted of inciting debauchery and violating family values, the women were caught up in a conservative backlash as the authorities tried to enforce strict social norms.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #egypt, #el-adham-mawada, #hassam-haneen, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #women-and-girls

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South Korean Church Leader Gets Suspended Prison Term After Virus Fallout

Lee Man-hee’s church, Shincheonji, was the epicenter of the first wave of coronavirus infections in South Korea last year.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daegu-south-korea, #decisions-and-verdicts, #embezzlement, #lee-man-hee-1931, #religious-cults, #seoul-south-korea, #shincheonji-church-of-jesus-the-temple-of-the-tabernacle-of-the-testimony, #south-korea

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Supreme Court Revives Abortion-Pill Restriction

In their first abortion case since Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court, the justices reinstated a requirement that women seeking medication abortions pick up a pill in person.

#abortion, #barrett-amy-coney, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #decisions-and-verdicts, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Indian Court Suspends New Farm Laws, in Blow to Modi

The bid to overhaul the troubled agricultural sector had led to huge protests by farmers, who feared the new, market-oriented rules would hurt their livelihoods.

#agriculture-and-farming, #decisions-and-verdicts, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #politics-and-government, #relocation-of-business

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South Korean Court Orders Japan to Compensate Wartime Sex Slaves

The ruling, which Tokyo rejected, is likely to aggravate already chilly relations between the two key allies of the United States.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #sex-crimes, #south-korea, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Julian Assange Is Denied Bail by U.K. Judge

The decision came two days after the judge blocked the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder to the United States, citing risks of suicide.

#assange-julian-p, #bail, #decisions-and-verdicts, #extradition, #great-britain, #united-states, #wikileaks

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U.K. Judge Blocks Assange’s Extradition to U.S., Citing Mental Health Concerns

The WikiLeaks founder, who is currently jailed in Britain, had been indicted in the United States on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act.

#assange-julian-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #decisions-and-verdicts, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #extradition, #great-britain, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Julian Assange Faces Ruling on Extradition to U.S.

A British judge plans to rule on Monday whether the WikiLeaks founder should be sent to the U.S. to face charges of violating the Espionage Act and hacking government computers.

#assange-julian-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #decisions-and-verdicts, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #great-britain, #united-states, #wikileaks

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Virginia Judge Won’t Try Black Man in Courtroom Lined With White Portraits

David Bernhard, a circuit court judge, wrote in his decision that the display of portraits of white judges “is based on a non-racial principle, yet yields a racial result.”

#black-people, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #david-bernhard, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #fairfax-va, #fairfax-circuit-court, #judge-portraits, #monuments-and-memorials-structures

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Ruling on Lisa Montgomery, the Only Woman on Death Row, Puts Execution in Doubt

A new delay could push Lisa Montgomery’s execution into the administration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has said he opposes the death penalty.

#capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #justice-department

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Family of US Student Jailed for Quarantine Violation in Cayman Islands Pleads for Release

“She’s pretty hysterical right now,” said the grandmother of the 18-year-old student, Skylar Mack, who broke quarantine in the Cayman Islands.

#cayman-islands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #georgia, #grand-cayman-cayman-islands, #mack-skylar, #quarantines

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‘Star Trek’ and Dr. Seuss Mash-Up Not Protected, Court Rules

The book, titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!”, hewed too closely to the original to be considered a parody under the “fair use” doctrine, a three-judge federal appeals panel declared.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dr-seuss-enterprises, #geisel-theodor-seuss, #star-trek-tv-program, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Supreme Court Rejects Religious School’s Challenge to Kentucky Virus Order

The governor had ordered all of the state’s K-12 schools, whether public or private, to close temporarily to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #education-k-12, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kentucky, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Japan’s ‘Twitter Killer,’ Takahiro Shiraishi, Is Sentenced to Death

Takahiro Shiraishi confessed to killing eight women he stalked on social media, and a man he thought suspected him, in crimes that evoked many of the country’s social fears.

#crime-and-criminals, #decisions-and-verdicts, #japan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #social-media, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #takahiro-shiraishi, #twitter

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Iran Executes Dissident Accused of Stoking Protests

Ruhollah Zam had been convicted of encouraging an antigovernment uprising in 2017 through a Telegram channel he ran from exile in France.

#deaths-fatalities, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-the-press, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #tehran-iran, #zam-ruhollah-d-2020

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Citing Trump’s Pardon, Judge Dismisses Case Against Michael Flynn

A federal judge portrayed the Justice Department’s prior attempt to drop the case as unlikely to have met legal standards as legitimate.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #barr-william-p, #decisions-and-verdicts, #flynn-michael-t, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #sullivan-emmet-g, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justices Tell Federal Judge to Reconsider Virus Limits on California Churches

The move followed a decision last week lifting restrictions on religious services in New York.

#appeals-courts-us, #barrett-amy-coney, #california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #newsom-gavin, #supreme-court-us

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Bill Cosby Case: Judges Review Decision to Allow Multiple Accusers

Several Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices hearing Cosby’s appeal of his sexual assault conviction expressed concern that five additional women had been allowed to testify at his 2018 trial.

#constand-andrea, #cosby-bill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #oneill-steven-t-1953, #pennsylvania, #sex-crimes, #television

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In Harsh Rebuke, Appeals Court Rejects Trump’s Election Challenge in Pennsylvania

“Voters, not lawyers, choose the president,” a judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in the 21-page repudiation of Mr. Trump’s legal effort to halt Pennsylvania’s certification process.

#bibas-stephanos, #decisions-and-verdicts, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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Judge in Venezuela Convicts 6 U.S. Oil Executives of Corruption

The so-called Citgo 6, who had been lured to Venezuela three years ago for a business meeting, were immediately sentenced to prison.

#citgo-petroleum-corp, #decisions-and-verdicts, #houston-tex, #maduro-nicolas, #prisons-and-prisoners, #venezuela

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Turkey Jails Hundreds for Life Over 2016 Coup Attempt

Those accused of being ringleaders were among the many sentenced in one of the most important mass trials relating to the plot.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #decisions-and-verdicts, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #politics-and-government, #sentences-criminal, #turkey

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Cho Joo-bin Gets 40 Years in South Korean Prison for Sexual Exploitation

Cho Joo-bin was convicted of blackmailing young women into making sexually explicit video clips that he sold online.

#child-pornography, #cho-joo-bin, #computers-and-the-internet, #decisions-and-verdicts, #extortion-and-blackmail, #pornography, #south-korea

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Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo’s Virus Shutdown Order

In earlier rulings related to coronavirus restrictions in California and Nevada, the court had taken the opposite approach. But its membership has changed since then.

#barrett-amy-coney, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #new-york-city, #places-of-worship, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us

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Over 30 Trump Campaign Lawsuits Have Failed. Some Rulings Are Scathing.

As President Trump continues to litigate the 2020 election, some judges have lost all patience. Here are some excerpts of their rulings.

#brann-matthew-w, #decisions-and-verdicts, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Administration Approves Start of Formal Transition to Biden

A key official designated President-elect Joe Biden as the apparent winner after Michigan certified his victory there and President Trump lost another court decision in Pennsylvania.

#alexander-lamar, #benson-jocelyn, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capito-shelley-moore, #decisions-and-verdicts, #general-services-administration, #michigan, #murphy-emily-w-1974, #pennsylvania, #portman-rob, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Seeking to Delay Certification in Pennsylvania

In a scathing order, a federal judge rejected the Trump campaign’s claim of widespread improprieties with mail-in ballots, removing a major legal hurdle to certifying Joseph R. Biden’s Jr.’s victory there.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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108 Convictions Tied to Massachusetts Chemist’s Misconduct May Be Vacated

The Suffolk County district attorney said she was seeking to remove the “huge stain on the legal system” left by Annie Dookhan, who pleaded guilty in 2013 to tampering with evidence.

#boston-mass, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dookhan-annie, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #forensic-science, #massachusetts, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Case on Churches, Cuomo and Coronavirus Arrives at Supreme Court

The general question in cases in California, Nevada and New York is whether government officials or judges should calibrate responses to the public health crisis.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us

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Trump Loses String of Election Results Lawsuits

The president’s efforts to use the courts to delay or block President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory were turned aside in cases in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona.

#absentee-voting, #arizona, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #georgia, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #porter-wright-morrisarthur-llp, #presidential-election-of-2020, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Ex-Officers in George Floyd Case to Be Tried Together, With Cameras Rolling

The judge in the case also ruled that the trial would remain in the Minneapolis area after the defendants sought a change of venue.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #decisions-and-verdicts, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lane-thomas-minneapolis-minn-police-officer, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #thao-tou

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Georgia Court Allows Prosecution of Ex-Deputies in Eurie Lee Martin’s Death

The State Supreme Court unanimously rejected a lower court’s decision to grant immunity for three former deputies in the death of Eurie Lee Martin, who was repeatedly tased.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #copeland-henry-lee, #decisions-and-verdicts, #georgia-supreme-court, #howell-michael, #immunity-from-prosecution, #martin-eurie-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #scott-rhett, #washington-county-ga

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