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Ohio man charged with a federal hate crime for anti-Semitic attack on a man who’s not Jewish

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An Ohio man has been charged with a federal hate crime for viciously attacking a man who he believed to be Jewish, only to later learn the man does not in fact practice to the religion.

Cincinnati’s WCPO reported that in February 2017, 32-year-old Izmir Koch was outside a local bar when he shouted to the gathered crowd asking if anyone was Jewish. The victim responded that he was, and Koch began punching him in the head and kicking him, eventually bruising one of the man’s ribs and fracturing his eye socket.

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According to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, the victim was not even Jewish — but because Koch believed he was, a federal grand jury indicted him for a single hate crime count.

“It does not matter under the law whether the assailant is correct in thinking that the victim is Jewish or Christian or Muslim or any religion,” the federal prosecutor said. “If that’s the basis, if that’s the reason for the physical assault, that’s a federal crime.”

If convicted, Koch faces up to 10 years in prison.


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Donald Trump whines ‘it’s not fair I’m being impeached’

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he was fine with a "longer" impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate because he wanted to call his own witnesses to appear, despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's resistance.

Yet, when he returned to Twitter Friday night, Trump lamented that it wasn't fair he was being impeached.

"It’s not fair that I’m being Impeached when I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong! The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have become the Party of Hate. They are so bad for our Country!" he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1205648124989100033

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‘Moscow Mitch’ blunder means Donald Trump can never be vindicated: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for violating a legal principle that has existed for over 1,000 -- and his move means that President Donald Trump can never be vindicated during impeachment.

Tribe, who has taught at Harvard Law School for 50 years and argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court, has been advising Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats during the impeachment inquiry. He was interviewed on Friday by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber.

Tribe said, "what it looks like is that the majority leader is going to conduct this trial as though he's a member of the defense team," Tribe said. "You know, it's an ancient principle, centuries-old -- actually over a millennium old -- that you can't be a judge on your own case and effectively, to allow Donald Trump to call the shots, violates that principle."

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Democrats ‘are being more republican than Republicans’ in Judiciary Committee memo: Post columnist

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A Washington Post editorial is singing the praises of the Judiciary Committee's memo about the impeachment charges President Donald Trump is facing. The memo, titled “Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment” details the fundamental principles of the Constitution the founders outlined to guarantee the country wouldn't fall at the hands of corruption.

"The memo is remarkably originalist. Regardless of what happens with the impeachment, we are getting a much-needed civics lesson," The Post explained.

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