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Cleveland officials take Tamir Rice’s family to court over $500 ‘last dying expense’

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The city of Cleveland not only billed Tamir Rice’s family for medical service fees, it went so far as to file a creditor’s claim against them, Cleveland Scene reported on Wednesday.

City officials are charging the family $500 for “emergency medical services rendered as the decedent’s last dying expense under Ohio Revised Code,” according to a document filed in Cuyahoga County court on Wednesday.

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“That the city would submit a bill and call itself a creditor after having had its own police officers slay 12-year-old Tamir displays a new pinnacle of callousness and insensitivity,” said an attorney for the family, Subodh Chandra. “The kind of poor judgment that it takes to do such a thing is nothing short of breathtaking. Who on earth would think this was a good idea and file this on behalf of the city? This adds insult to homicide.

The document was attached to a bill for the boy’s transportation from his home to a local hospital, where he died after being shot on a playground by Officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 22, 2014.

The two officers were not indicted in connection with Rice’s death, a decision that touched off protests calling for county Prosecutor Timothy McGinty to be fired. McGinty, who is seeking re-election, has refused to release the testimony of the grand jury involved in the case.

Cleveland Scene posted the creditor’s notice, which can be seen below.

2016-0210 Creditor's Claim

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[h/t Talking Points Memo]

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

https://twitter.com/GriffinConnolly/status/1220891285910892544

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