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College student jailed for three nights over mistaken identity

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An 18-year-old college student was put in jail on a federal warrant after authorities reportedly did not believe visual and written evidence that they had the wrong man.

WJZ-TV reported that Jawon Johnson, a freshman at West Virginia State University, was pulled over last week by police in Havre de Grace, Maryland, for allegedly making an illegal U-turn, then taken to the Harford County Detention Center.

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Johnson was apparently mistaken for Jawan Johnson, who is sought by authorities so he can testify in a Washington, D.C. burglary case.

“They arrested me and took me back to the station and showed me a picture of who the guy actually was,” Jawon Johnson told the Baltimore Sun. “It wasn’t me, but they said they still had to hold me until the [federal] marshals came and got me.”

But even though Johnson knew David Lutz, the deputy marshal assigned to take him to federal court in Baltimore to confirm the error, he was still forced to wear handcuffs during transport.

“He’s an upstanding young citizen,” Lutz told the Sun. “Even if we trust the person or believe their story, you have to treat everybody the same.”

According to WJZ, Johnson’s family is considering seeking legal counsel, and his mother, Juanita Johnson, wants the arresting officer to be disciplined.

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“I just felt like he was thrown in shark infested waters,” she told WJZ. She also told the Sun that Havre de Grace officials did not inform her of her son’s incarceration.

A police spokesperson, Jeff Gilpin, told the Sun that Jawon Johnson’s birthday is the same as the man sought in the warrant, and that the two men’s pictures were similar.

“When you have similar photos, name and date of birth, the stars looked aligned,” Gilpin told the Sun. “We honestly thought everything was on the up and up.”

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Watch WJZ’s report, aired on Wednesday, below.

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Marie Yovanovitch knocked down the false claims peddled by The Hill's John Solomon that underpinned President Donald Trump's smear campaign against her.

The website published a Solomon interview in March with Yuriy Vitaliyovych, now the former prosecutor general in Ukraine, who said the then-ambassador had given him a “do not prosecute” list -- a claim pushed by the president, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Fox News broadcasters.

Yovanovitch and the State Department denied the allegation at the time, and she flatly -- and repeatedly -- denied The Hill's reporting as inaccurate during her testimony before the House impeachment inquiry, and told lawmakers why they were so damaging.

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During a break in the testimony of former United States ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before a House committee holding impeachment hearings on Donald Trump, Fox News host Chris Wallace praised her poise and devastating testimony, saying viewers should be "moved" by her story.

As the House hearing chamber emptied of lawmakers, Wallace was effusive in his praise.

"I think if you are not moved, and we will have to watch what happens in the cross-examination, but if you were not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, you don't have a pulse," he said.

"This is a woman who had served in posts for presidents of both parties for more than 30 years," he added. "Hardship posts, places like Somalia, Tashkent, and she tells a story of being a leading fighter against corruption," before he provided more details about her stellar career and noting the president had her summarily fired by a new Trump hire.

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer astonished by Yovanovich’s ‘devastating’ testimony — and Trump’s unhinged response

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday expressed astonishment at the testimony of former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich after she talked at length about being subjected to a smear campaign by President Donald Trump's allies.

"What a devastating bit of news we have just been hearing," Blitzer said. "Truly powerful statement by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, speaking emotionally but very, very specifically about the accusations... about inappropriate behavior not only by the president of the united states, but by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr., and these two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who have both been indicted by the Southern District of New York."

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