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STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ADRIAN L. SCOTT

Court: TSC

Attorneys:

Jeffery S. Frensley, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Adrian L. Scott.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; and Preston Shipp, Assistant Attorney General (on appeal); Victor S. Johnson III, District Attorney General and J.W. Hupp, Assistant District Attorney General (at trial), for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: KOCH

This appeal involves the admissibility of expert testimony regarding a sleep parasomnia involving sexual behavior. A defendant charged with committing sexual acts with his stepdaughter asserted that he could not have formed the required criminal intent because he was asleep at the time and was unaware of what he was doing. To support his defense, the defendant notified the State that he intended to present the testimony of a physician who had diagnosed him as having sleep parasomnia involving sexual behavior. The Criminal Court for Davidson County granted the State's motion to exclude the physician's testimony because it was not sufficiently trustworthy and reliable to be presented to the jury. However, the trial court also granted the defendant permission to pursue a Tenn. R. App. P. 9 interlocutory appeal. After the Court of Criminal Appeals declined to hear the appeal, we granted the defendant's Tenn. R. App. P. 11 application to address whether the trial court had properly discharged its gate-keeping responsibilities with regard to the proffered expert evidence. We have determined that the trial court erred by excluding the physician's testimony regarding sleep parasomnia.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC/2009/scotta_012309.pdf


JANE EVERETTE BURCHETT (NOW HOLT) v. JAMES THOMAS BURCHETT

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Roger A. Maness, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jane Everette Burchett (now Holt).

Steven T. Atkins, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, James Thomas Burchett.

Judge: CLEMENT

This appeal arises from Father's Petition for Modification of the Final Decree of Divorce seeking increased parenting time with the parties' minor child. The trial court found that Father had not proved that a material change in circumstances had occurred; nevertheless, the trial court, sua sponte, stated "the issue" was a question of interpretation, rather than modification, and awarded Father increased parenting time. Mother appeals. Having determined Father failed to prove a material change in circumstances and that his petition did not seek an interpretation of the Final Decree of Divorce, we reverse the decision to award Father increased parenting time and remand with instructions to reinstate the visitation schedule set forth in the Final Decree of Divorce.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/burchettj_012309.pdf


HARVEY ROSALES v. AMY S. ROSALES

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Stephen E. Grauberger, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, for the appellant, Amy S. Rosales.

Timothy T. Ishii, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Harvey Rosales.

Judge: CLEMENT

This is an appeal from the denial of a Tenn. R. Civ. P. 60.02 motion to set aside an order striking the Wife's pleadings and entering a default judgment against her in a divorce action. Wife contends that the trial court erred in striking her pleadings and entering a default judgment against her because she never received notice of the hearings. She claims that although she notified both Husband and his attorney of her new address, all court papers continued to be sent to her previous address. The trial court denied Wife's motion finding that she had failed to notify Husband, his counsel, or the court of her new address. We affirm the trial court's denial of the Wife's motion to set aside the entry of the default judgment and order striking Wife's pleadings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/rosalesh_012309.pdf


SOUTHERN FIRE ANALYSIS, INC. v. MICHAEL E. RAMBO ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Robert E. Boston and John E. B. Gerth, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Southern Fire Analysis, Inc.

Wallace W. Dietz and Justin D. Pitt, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Michael E. Rambo, David L. Edge, III, James Jennings, and Glenn E. Johnson, Jr.

Judge: CLEMENT

This is an appeal arising from the dismissal of breach of contract claims against three defendants, each of whom the plaintiff alleges is violating non-compete agreements by working for a competitor of the plaintiff. The trial court dismissed the breach of contract claims for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted pursuant to Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 12.02(6) because it found the non-compete agreements were invalid as to these defendants. We have determined that the plaintiff's pleadings are sufficient to state a claim for breach of contract on a non-compete agreement. We, therefore, reverse and remand for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/southernfire_012309.pdf


GEORGE W. THOROGOOD, JR., ET AL. v. D'ALTON PROPERTIES, LLC, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

David E. Harrison, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellants, D'Alton Properties, LLC, and Theresa Evans.

Michael E. Jenne, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellees, George W. Thorogood, Jr. and Charlotte E. Thorogood.

Judge: SUSANO

The plaintiffs, George W. Thorogood, Jr., and his wife, Charlotte E. Thorogood, and the defendant Theresa Evans, respectively, reside on adjacent subdivision-size lots in Cleveland, Tennessee. The lot on which Ms. Evans resides is owned by the defendant D'Alton Properties, LLC. The two lots front on Ocoee Street and back onto Chambliss Avenue. The northern boundary line of the Thorogoods' property is the southern line of D'Alton's property. This litigation concerns a paved driveway that had been located on D'Alton's property prior to being removed in 2006. The driveway was located entirely on the LLC's property. It ran along the southern line of that property, i.e., the northern boundary of the Thorogoods' property, from Ocoee Street to Chambliss Avenue, a relatively short distance. The Thorogoods filed suit against D'Alton and others seeking to be declared the holders of a prescriptive easement in the driveway. The record shows, without dispute, that the Thorogoods, as well as other members of the general public, used the driveway as a matter of convenience. In March 2006, after making extensive renovations to the residence on its property, D'Alton removed the asphalt driveway and landscaped the "driveway" area. When issue was joined in this litigation, the Thorogoods filed a motion for summary judgment, which the trial court granted. The trial court concluded that there were no genuine issues of material fact as to the Thorogoods' right to a prescriptive easement based upon the court's finding that the driveway had been used by residents of the Thorogoods' property "for a period of greater then [sic] twenty (20) years, being at least from 1950 until 1976." The court ordered a mandatory injunction requiring D'Alton to remove the landscaping and re-pave the driveway; it also permanently enjoined D'Alton from interfering with the Thorogoods' use of the easement. The trial court stayed enforcement of the mandatory injunction pending the filing by D'Alton of a bond in the amount of $7,500. The bond was filed. D'Alton appeals. We reverse the trial court's three relevant judgments, pursuant to the provisions of Court of Appeals Rule 10 and remand for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/thorogoodg_012309.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SALVADOR VELAZQUEZ ALVAREZ

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Richard L. Dugger, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Salvador Velazquez Alvarez.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; Charles Crawford, District Attorney General; and Weakley E. Barnard, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Salvador Velazquez Alvarez, pled guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to sell and possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver, Class B felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. The trial court merged the two possession of cocaine convictions and sentenced the defendant as a Range I, standard offender to an effective sentence of ten years, six months in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he argues that the trial court erred in denying his request for probation or other alternative sentencing. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/alvarezs_012309.pdf


MICHAEL BRANHAM v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robin Ruben Flores, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Michael Branham.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Bates W. Bryan, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WOODALL

Petitioner, Michael Branham, pled guilty to aggravated assault, and the trial court sentenced him to three years in the Tennessee Department of Correction ("TDOC"), with his sentence to be suspended after serving eleven months and twenty-nine days in the Hamilton County workhouse. Petitioner then filed a petition for post-conviction relief, which he later amended. After appointing counsel and conducting a hearing, the trial court denied his petition for post-conviction relief. In his appeal, Petitioner argues that the post-conviction court erred in when it denied relief because: (1) trial counsel provided ineffective assistance of counsel, (2) the post-conviction court failed to make formal written findings to support its denial of post-conviction relief, and (3) the post-conviction court dismissed Petitioner's claim of prosecutorial misconduct without explanation. After a thorough review of the record and relevant authorities, we reverse the judgment of the post- conviction court and remand for the entry of findings of fact and conclusions of law as to each ground alleged in the Defendant's petition, as required by the Post-Conviction Procedure Act.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/branhamm_012309.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KENNETH L. DAVIS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Gregory Gookin, Jackson, Tennessee (at trial), Kenneth L. Davis, Pro Se (on appeal).

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Jerry Woodall, District Attorney General; and Shaun Brown, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WELLES

The Defendant, Kenneth L. Davis, was convicted by a Madison County jury of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell and/or deliver, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and driving on a canceled, suspended, or revoked license. He received an effective ten-year sentence for these convictions, with said sentence to be served consecutively to a prior sentence. In this appeal, the Defendant argues that the trial court erred by denying his pretrial motion to suppress the evidence discovered during the search of his automobile and that the evidence was insufficient at trial to establish that he possessed the contraband. Finding no error, we affirm the judgments of conviction.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/davisk_012309.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. PHILLIP ANTHONY FARRIS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

F. Michie Gibson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Phillip Anthony Farris.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Renee Erb, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WELLES

The Defendant, Phillip Anthony Farris, pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder and two counts of aggravated kidnapping. The sentencing court determined that he should serve his aggravated kidnapping sentences concurrently. Those sentences were ordered to be served consecutively to his sentence for second degree murder. The Defendant now appeals the decision to order consecutive sentences. After conducting a de novo review, we affirm the judgment of the sentencing court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/farrisp_012309.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JIM GERHARDT

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Jim Gerhardt, Wildersville, Tennessee, (on appeal) pro se; Daniel J. Taylor, Jackson, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and Rolf S. Hazlehurst, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: THOMAS

In October 2005, a Madison County grand jury indicted the defendant, Jim Gerhardt, on one count of child abuse and neglect, a Class A misdemeanor. Following a July 2006 jury trial, the defendant was acquitted of the offense as charged in the indictment but convicted of attempted child abuse and neglect, a Class B misdemeanor. Following a sentencing hearing, the defendant received a six-month sentence, with the defendant to serve sixty days in the county jail and the balance of the sentence on probation. As part of the defendant's probation, the trial court instituted a 8:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. curfew, ordered the defendant to have no contact with the victim, and required that the defendant receive counseling. On appeal, the defendant argues that: (1) the evidence produced at trial was insufficient to support his conviction; (2) the trial court erred by failing to require the state to elect offenses; (3) the trial court erred by failing to answer a question posed by the jury during its deliberations; (4) the trial court erred by allowing the prosecuting attorney to ask the defendant and his wife whether a particular witness was lying; (5) the trial court erred by allowing the prosecuting attorney to make improper statements during the state's closing argument; (6) the trial court improperly denied the defendant the transcript of the sentencing hearing; (7) the trial court imposed an excessive sentence; (8) the defendant received the ineffective assistance of counsel at trial; and (9) the cumulative effect of these and other errors prejudiced him. After reviewing the record, we conclude that the defendant's issues are without merit and affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/gerhardt_012309.pdf


ALMEER K. NANCE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Albert J. Newman, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Almeer T. Nance.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Senior Counsel; Randall Eugene Nichols, District Attorney General; and C. Leon Franks, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Almeer K. Nance, appeals the judgment of the Knox County Criminal court denying post-conviction relief. The petitioner was convicted of felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, and three counts of aggravated robbery. He subsequently accepted an agreed sentence of life plus twenty-five years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, the petitioner argues that he was denied his Sixth Amendment right to the effective assistance of counsel, specifically arguing that trial counsel was ineffective by: (1) erroneously advising him not to testify at trial, which he asserts effectively deprived him of his constitutional right; and (2) failing to raise the issues of sufficiency of the evidence and severance on direct appeal. After a thorough review of the record before us, the judgment of the post- conviction court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/nancea_012309.pdf


RICKY NORTHERN v. STEPHEN DOTSON, WARDEN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Ricky Northern, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter, and Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Ricky Northern, appeals the trial court's denial of his petition for habeas corpus relief. This is the petitioner's second attempt to secure habeas corpus relief. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the trial court pursuant to Rule 20 of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. After review, we conclude that the petitioner has failed to allege any ground which would render the judgment of conviction void. We grant the State's motion and affirm the judgment of the trial court in accordance with Rule 20.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/northernr_012309.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES PEEBLES

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Gerald L. Melton, District Public Defender, and Russell N. Perkins, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, James Peebles.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Matthew Bryant Haskell, Assistant Attorney General; William C. Whitesell, Jr., District Attorney General; and Trevor H. Lynch, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The defendant, James D. Peebles, was convicted by a Rutherford County jury of one count of sale of a Schedule II drug, cocaine, under .5 grams (a Class C felony). Following a sentencing hearing, he was sentenced, as a Range II offender, to a term of ten years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he raises the single issue of sufficiency of the evidence. Following review of the record, we affirm the judgment of conviction.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/peeblesj_012309.pdf


SHERIE DORCAS RATLIFF v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Sherie Dorcas Ratliff, Nashville, Tennessee, appellant, pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General & Reporter; and Matthew Bryant Haskell, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The petitioner, Sherie Dorcas Ratliff, appeals from the Sullivan County Criminal Court's summary dismissal of her petition for post-conviction relief, and the State of Tennessee has moved this court to summarily affirm the criminal court's order. See Tenn. R. Ct. Crim. App. 20. Because the petitioner advances no reason why the post-conviction statute of limitations should not bar the petitioner, the State's Rule 20 motion is granted, and the post-conviction court's order is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/ratliffs_012309.pdf


CURTIS TATE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

James O. Marty, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Curtis Tate.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and David Pritchard, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WELLES

The Petitioner, Curtis Tate, appeals from the Shelby County Criminal Court's order denying his petition for post-conviction relief. The Petitioner was convicted by a jury of second degree murder and, thereafter, sentenced to twenty years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he argues that the denial of post-conviction relief was error because he did not receive the effective assistance of counsel at trial. He submits that trial counsel failed to call several crucial witnesses to establish his self-defense claim and that trial counsel was impaired during trial because of alcohol use. Following our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we conclude that the Petitioner has not shown that he is entitled to relief. The judgment of the post-conviction court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/tatec_012309.pdf


JOHN WHATLEY v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Dale Quillen, for the Appellant.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Mary W. Francois, Assistant Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WELLES

The Appellant, John Whatley, appeals the trial court's dismissal of his petition for post-conviction and/or habeas corpus relief. The Appellant previously filed a post-conviction petition which was decided on the merits and the claim presented in the instant petition does not warrant reopening the prior petition. Moreover, the Appellant fails to assert a cognizable claim for which habearelief may be granted. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/whatleyj_012309.pdf


FRED ZONGE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Fred Zonge, Mountain City, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter, and Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Fred Zonge, appeals the Obion County Circuit Court's summary dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief as time-barred. On appeal, the petitioner argues that due process tolled the statute of limitations based upon our supreme court's holding in State v. Gomez, 239 S.W.3d 733 (Tenn. 2007) ("Gomez II"), which the petitioner claims announced a new rule of constitutional law, and the United States Supreme Court's holding in Danforth v. Minnesota, ___ U.S. ___, 128 S. Ct. 1029 (2008), which changed the standard for determining if new rules of law were entitled to retroactive application. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the post-conviction court's dismissal pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Because the petitioner has failed to establish that the petition was timely filed or that a recognized exception to the rule applies, we grant the State's motion and affirm the judgment of the Obion County Circuit Court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/zongef_012309.pdf


Constitutionality of Bill To Remove Law Enforcement Residency Requirement

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2009-01-23

Opinion Number: 09-04

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2009/ag_09_04.pdf

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Ruling will allow medical testimony in rape case
The Tennessee Supreme Court today ruled that a Nashville firefighter is entitled to present medical testimony that a sleepwalking disorder caused him to commit child sex abuse, WZTV in Nashville reports. Adrian Leroy Scott II is facing trial on charges of raping a female relative in 2006, but claims he was asleep during the assaults and unaware of what he was doing.
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Shelby mayor pushes for change in bail law
Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton is pushing for a change in the state constitution that would allow Tennessee judges to deny bail and detain offenders before trial for serious crimes.
Read more in the Commercial Appeal
Ruling eases path for convicts claiming innocence
A Tennessee Supreme Court ruling on Thursday may make it easier for convicted felons to present evidence of their innocence on appeal. But in the specific case the court ruled on, an East Tennessee man is still scheduled to be executed, the Nashville City Paper reports.
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Support growing for domestic violence court
Shelby County commissioners on Monday will consider changing the General Sessions Criminal Court Division 10 into a domestic violence court. The 13-member body will be reviewing 15 candidates to fill the post, which became open after the death of veteran judge Anthony Johnson. At the same time, they will be considering proposals to make domestic violence the focus of the court.
Read more in the Memphis Daily News
AG praised for helping Tennessee consumers
The Jackson Sun praises the efforts of state Attorney General Bob Cooper for his work as the state's top consumer advocate. In an editorial today, the newspaper hails his efforts in winning a settlement with Countrywide, the nation's largest mortgage lender and servicer, that will bring mortgage loan modifications to an estimated 6,900 Tennesseans along with an estimated $4 million in other economic relief to troubled Tennessee borrowers.
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Disciplinary Actions
Wilson County lawyer reinstated
Gary Wayne Vandever was reinstated to the practice of law by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Jan. 7. He had been temporarily suspended on Dec. 1, 2008, for failing to respond to a complaint of misconduct.
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Nashville lawyer transferred to disability inactive status
The Tennessee Supreme Court on Jan. 16 issued an order transferring attorney Sean K. Hornbeck to disability inactive status for an indefinite time. Hornbeck had been temporarily suspended by the court on Dec. 15, 2008.
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Memphis lawyer censured
Memphis lawyer Tony N. Brayton received a Public Censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility on Jan. 14 for failing to notify the Complainant of an appellate decision.
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Knoxville lawyer censured
Knoxville lawyer Randy K. Miller received a Public Censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility for practicing law while on administrative suspension, in violation of RPC 5.5.
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Memphis lawyer suspended
The Tennessee Supreme Court temporarily suspended the law license of Memphis lawyer William Newton pursuant to Section 4.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. The Board of Professional Responsibility petitioned the Court to temporarily suspend his law license because of his failure to respond to a complaint of ethical misconduct.
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Chattanooga lawyer censured
Chattanooga lawyer James A. Hurst, Jr. received a Public Censure from the Tennessee Supreme Court on Jan. 8 after having been found in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct for paying inadequate attention to his client's collection case and misleading his client as to the status of the case.
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