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Man convicted of killing his neighbor avoids jail time after using ‘gay panic’ defense

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James Miller, who’s been convicted of criminal negligent homicide for killing his neighbor in 2015, will not face jail time after using the “gay panic” defense at trial.

As NBC reports, Miller will serve 10 years probation, complete 100 hours of community service, pay $11,000 in restitution to the family of David Spencer and use an alcohol monitoring device.

“Judge Brad Urrutia also added a maximum allowed six months jail time,” according to NBC.

Lawyers for Miller told the court he stabbed Spencer after his neighbor allegedly made romantic advances towards him. The rarely-used “gay panic” defense claims a defendant “suffered a mental defect” prompted by unwanted homosexual advances.

In a statement, prosecutor Matthew Foye said the sentence “establishes that Daniel Spencer was a victim of a senseless killing by the defendant and he did not do anything to bring this upon himself.”

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”Since the defense’s strategy was to argue self-defense, I think the jury’s verdict makes it clear that they did not believe it was self-defense,” Foye argued.

Still, Foye admitted authorities “don’t know exactly what did happen in that house that night,” adding “that can be something that can be very difficult for juries to work through.”

Defense attorney Charlie Baird said Miller is “disappointed” with the verdict because he “should have been acquitted on the basis of self-defense.”

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“The jury, they agreed with us and thought that Mr. Miller was no threat to the community or to society at large, and, therefore, they decided to place him on community supervision,” Baird agued.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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