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Idaho man said it was ‘God’s will’ that he rape a teen girl and take her as his wife

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An Idaho man who was convicted of raping a teenage girl tried to justify his actions by telling his wife that God had told him to take the girl and make her his second wife.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the ex-wife of 48-year-old Michael Mercado this week told District Judge Joel Tingey that her former husband had used divine orders to justify his actions when she caught him having sex with a minor.

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The ex-wife also told Tingey that Mercado used intimidation to persuade her to not report his actions, and he even demanded that she recant her story when she told it to a local church leader.

“After this, I don’t know what part of my relationship was real,” she told the court. “I used to think the worst thing that could happen in a marriage was to have my husband cheat on me, but I was wrong, so very wrong.”

Mercado’s victim, who is now 18 years old, told the court that she wanted to see Mercado sentenced to the fullest extent of the law.

“At this time, I would ask the court to extend the full wrath of the law to Mr. Mercado,” she said. “I know he can get life in prison, and that’s what I want.”

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‘Bulletproof from a pardon’: Fox News analyst says judge in Stone case just made things tough for Trump

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In the wake of Roger Stone's sentencing of 3.5 years in prison this Thursday, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano posited that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's choice to go along with Attorney General Bill Barr's sentencing recommendation could have been an effort to pardon-proof the sentence from President Trump.

"[Jackson's] trying to make this bulletproof from a pardon," Napolitano said. "Because she went along exactly with what [Barr] requested."

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Adam Schiff sends signal that a Roger Stone pardon would be another impeachable offense

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Rep. Adam Schiff suggested that a presidential pardon for Roger Stone would be an impeachable offense.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the longtime Republican operative to 40 months in prison, saying Stone had lied to Congress and threatened a witness to cover up possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump -- and Schiff sent a warning against a pardon.

"Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness," Schiff tweeted.

Schiff, who led the impeachment inquiry and trial, agreed with Jackson -- whose language echoed the lawmaker's "corrupt scheme and cover-up" indictment during the Senate trial.

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WATCH: Roger Stone greeted with ‘Lock Him Up!’ chants after getting sentenced to 40 months

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Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.

After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.

At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.

Watch the video below.

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