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Father of Ohio football player convicted of rape shoots judge

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The father of a former Ohio high school football player who had been convicted of rape shot and wounded a judge in an ambush outside an Ohio courthouse on Monday and was fatally shot by a probation officer, law enforcement authorities said.

The suspect killed at the scene was Nathaniel Richmond, Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin told a news conference.

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Richmond was the father of Ma’Lik Richmond, one of two high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a 2012 party in Steubenville, Ohio, Hanlin told the news conference, shown on local TV station WFMJ.

“There is absolutely no reason to believe that there is any connection between Ma’Lik Richmond and the actions of his father today,” Hanlin said.

The rape case drew national attention at the time after images of the unconscious victim circulated online and hacker group Anonymous demanded justice.

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was in stable condition after surgery, Hanlin said, adding, “we do expect him to survive the gunshot attack.”

Bruzzese did not hear the rape case. Nathaniel Richmond, who had a criminal record, has appeared in Bruzzese’s court before, Hanlin said.

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Police took into custody a second man believed to have been in a car with the suspected shooter, she said.

Ma’Lik Richmond served 10 months of a one-year sentence for the rape.

Richmond’s co-defendant, Trent Mays, was convicted of rape and child pornography for using his phone to take a picture of the rape victim naked. He was sentenced to two years and released in 2015, according to local media.

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(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York and Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Patrick Enright and Sandra Maler)


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In a series of tweets this Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave his opinion that additional testimony in the impeachment effort against President Trump is "unnecessary," regardless of the leaked revelations from an unpublished manuscript of John Bolton's upcoming book. According to Graham, "one could assume everything attributable to John Bolton is accurate and still the House case would fall well below the standards to remove a president from office."

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There is no suggestion that any of the three actresses ever acquiesced to the alleged request.

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The USMCA, crafted over years of negotiation between the three countries, replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Trump has long campaigned against NAFTA, which he said resulted in shipping US jobs abroad.

"Today, we are finally ending the NAFTA nightmare," he said at the new treaty's signing ceremony in the White House.

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