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Wed Sep 29, 2021, 04:29 PM

Judge dismisses charges tied to Michigan female genital mutilation case

A judge dismissed a new batch of charges Tuesday in the governmentís investigation of genital mutilation against girls in a Muslim sect, saying prosecutors in Detroit retaliated after major courtroom losses.

Itís another blow for the government, which broke new ground in 2017 when it charged a Detroit-area doctor with performing genital mutilation at a suburban clinic. The move was recognized as the first significant use of a federal law banning the practice.

The 1996 law, however, was declared unconstitutional in 2018 by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, who said genital mutilation, known as FGM, was a matter for states, not Congress. The government didnít appeal.

Friedmanís latest decision came months after prosecutors filed a new indictment, this time charging four people, including two doctors, with conspiracy, making false statements and witness tampering during the investigation.

The judge said the new charges canít stand because prosecutors are tying them to a core underlying crime that was found to be unconstitutional.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/judge-dismisses-charges-tied-michigan-female-genital-mutilation-case-n1280350
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This is unconscionable.

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Jilly_in_VA Sep 2021 OP
Hugh_Lebowski Sep 2021 #1
madinmaryland Sep 2021 #2
dsc Sep 2021 #6
jimfields33 Sep 2021 #3
dsc Sep 2021 #7
lindysalsagal Sep 2021 #4
XanaDUer2 Sep 2021 #5

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 04:34 PM

1. Ever feel like there's no way you could possibly 'be understanding this correctly'? nt

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 04:36 PM

2. Does this mean that there is no federal law outlawing FGM? That sounds hard to believe.

It cannot be unconstitutional to make FGM illegal.

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 07:42 PM

6. according to the judge in 2018 it is for the federal govt.

and the govt didn't appeal.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 04:38 PM

3. The government never appealed in 1996. What the heck?

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 07:43 PM

7. 2018

not 1996, the law was passed in 1996

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 04:39 PM

4. Have I got it straight? State and fed are passing the case

Like a hot potato? Afraid to prosecute a suburban doc?

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 05:41 PM

5. Kick nt

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