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White woman who committed racist assault against black man avoids jail time despite tearful pleas from victim

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A white woman who repeatedly struck a black man while calling him the N-word has been sentenced to two years of probation and no time in prison, despite pleas from her victim to impose a harsh sentence.

Click on Detroit reports that Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan ruled this week at a bench trial that defendant Shelly Hueckel should get two years of probation after being found guilty of assault and battery charges for her racist beating of Terrence Smith, a black car salesman.

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Late last year, Sullivan ruled that Hueckel was not guilty of committing ethnic intimidation even though she allegedly called Smith the N-word multiple times and made references to his “black ass.” Instead, the judge determined that she was only motivated to attack Smith by what she considered to be a subpar trade-in offer.

During the sentencing, Smith made an emotional plea to hold Hueckel accountable to the fullest extent of the law, which would have meant serving a maximum of 93 days in jail.

“I was… assaulted for no reason and called a (N-word) over and over again,” Smith said. “At that point, it took every ounce of strength in me to restrain myself from defending myself, and I did it: I stood tall through an incredibly hard moment.”


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Trump suggests Blagojevich was framed by Comey: ‘He did not sell the Senate seat!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday insinuated that disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was set up by former FBI Director James Comey.

"Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat," the president wrote on Twitter. "He served 8 years in prison, with many remaining. He paid a big price. Another Comey and gang deal!"

While Trump is technically correct that Blagojevich did not succeed in selling a Senate seat to the highest bidder, he neglects to mention that it's only because the former Illinois governor was caught in the act of doing so.

Trump this week commuted the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted in 2011 on 17 different corruption charges that included charges of wire fraud, extortion, and bribery.

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Trump is doing what ‘predators’ do — ‘he’s grooming his victims’: former federal prosecutor

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During a panel discussion on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell this Tuesday night, former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade argued that President Trump's latest round of pardons and commutations is designed to normalize the notion that "corruption is not a big deal."

According to host Lawrence O'Donnell, none of Trump's action make sense now unless it is somehow related to the trial and sentencing of his longtime confidant Roger Stone.

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Trump has plunged $1.9 million in campaign donor cash into his own businesses: Forbes

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If you donate to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, you might also be helping out his personal businesses.

Fobes reports that the Trump campaign has spent $1.9 million in donor cash at Trump-branded businesses over the past three years, and it appears that total will grow even further once the 2020 election heats up.

"None of Trump’s businesses have accepted more cash from the campaign than Trump Tower Commercial LLC, an entity that holds office and retail space inside the president’s most famous New York City building," Forbes reports. "So far, the re-election effort has paid $1.3 million to Trump Tower Commercial, in which the president maintains a 100% interest."

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