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TENNESSEE: Republicans demand resignation of Rep. Briley after DUI arrest
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 9/10/7 | Jim Balloch, Tom Humphrey

Posted on 09/10/2007 1:12:00 PM PDT by SmithL

Report: Briley finished drink at gunpoint after 100 mph chase --

Republican leaders are calling for state Rep. Rob Briley to resign after his arrest for drunken driving over the weekend, a move House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh called “pretty lowlife.”

A heavily intoxicated State Rep. Rob Briley, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, fled the scene of an accident in DeKalb County on Saturday afternoon, then led police in Wilson County on a 100-mile-an-hour chase before finally stopping, according to police reports and court documents.

The Nashville Democrat was arrested at gunpoint after stopping his SUV in the middle of the road and is alleged to have kicked the window of a patrol car while in custody.

Briley, 40, a lawyer, was booked at the Wilson County jail shortly before 6 p.m. on charges of DUI, evading arrest and violation of the implied consent law.

Naifeh said today that Briley suffers from alcoholism, was in treatment last fall and is preparing to enter treatment again. “I will do everything I possibly can to help Rob Briley down the road to recovery,” he said.

House rules require that a legislator indicted on felony charges be removed from leadership positions. Briley is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, but the charges he faces are misdemeanors.

In cases of misdemeanors, it is up to Naifeh to decide whether Briley will lose a leadership position. Naifeh, speaking to reporters this afternoon, said he will wait until more information is available — and until he has talked with Briley following rehabilitation treatment — to make any decision on the Nashville lawmaker’s status.

House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, meanwhile, issued a statement saying that Briley should resign from the Legislature. A similar statement was issued by state Republican Chairman Robin Smith.

Says Casada: “As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I submit that Rep. Briley is held to an even higher standard as his committee is directly responsible for preventing this type of crime. As an attorney, he knows full well that his actions were a blatant violation of the law and were not fitting for a state representative. His district deserves better. Tennessee deserves better.”

Naifeh said he was aware of “naysayers” who were attempting to turn Briley’s situation to partisan advantage.

“I think that’s pretty lowlife. I have absolutely no use for those people,” said Naifeh.

According to warrants filed in Wilson County Sessions Court, Briley was clocked at 72 mph in a 45-mph zone of Sparta Pike.

Watertown Police Department Officer Ricky Lucy fell in behind the speeding Nissan SUV and turned on his blue lights and siren.

Briley glanced back, then sped up, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, according to the arrest report filed by Lucy.

When Briley finally stopped in the middle of the road, Lucy and another officer approached the vehicle with guns drawn.

Briley got out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but then went back to the SUV and drank from a blue plastic cup, Lucy’s report stated.

Briley “had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage … also had red watery eyes,” failed a field sobriety test and appeared to be in a “high level of intoxication,” according to the warrants signed by Lucy.

Briley complained to the arresting officers of injuries to his hand and elbow and said he had been taking anti-depressant medicine that occasionally made him dizzy.

Lucy said in his report that he began to give Briley field sobriety tests but that Briley was so unstable on his feet that “I felt any further (testing) would be dangerous.”

An empty bottle of Maker’s Mark and bottles of medication were found inside the vehicle, according to the report.

In connection with a traffic accident that occurred earlier in DeKalb County, Briley has been cited by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely and failure to give notice of an accident, THP spokesman Mike Browning confirmed today.

In that accident, a 2005 Nissan SUV hit the rear end of a pickup truck on Highway 70 in Dowell Town.

Witnesses in the pickup truck told troopers that the SUV then made a U-turn and left the scene, Browning said.

There were no injuries. The final report of that accident was not immediately available.

Briley was released to the custody of his mother, GeAnne Briley, shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday. He did not have to post bond. A court date is set for Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. in Wilson County Sessions Court.

He was rearrested today on a charge of vandalism in connection with an estimated $1,500 damage caused when he allegedly kicked the patrol car window.

Briley, grandson of the late Nashville Mayor Beverly Briley, is one of the Legislature’s most powerful members. Besides chairing the Judiciary Committee, which deals with all bills involving the criminal justice system, he is a member of the House Ethics Committee and played a central role in shaping ethics legislation that was enacted by the General Assembly last year.

The judiciary committee is scheduled to review a proposal to overhaul of the state’s drunken-driving laws next year. Briley has asked the sponsors of several DUI-related proposals to delay their bills in lieu of a comprehensive DUI bill.

Briley is also a member of the powerful House Finance Committee, which rules on all bills that involve spending or taxes. This year, he sponsored 67 bills — 10 of which became law.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2008electionbias; alcohol; briley; corruptdems; cultureofconsumption; cultureofcorruption; democrats; democratscandals; doublestandard; draintheswamp; drunkendem
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1 posted on 09/10/2007 1:12:03 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

I guess the shoe is on the other foot now. BTW He’ll never resign...he’s a dim.


2 posted on 09/10/2007 1:13:34 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Ron Paul is nutcase, plain & simple.)
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To: SmithL

"Hic!"

3 posted on 09/10/2007 1:13:46 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. - Ben Stein)
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To: SmithL

“.... fled the scene of an accident....”

It kind of amazes me that we have minimized fleeing an accident scene. Seems like a negative impact of DUI laws and ads.


4 posted on 09/10/2007 1:14:44 PM PDT by CSM ("Dogs and beer. Proof that God loves us.- Al Gator (8/24/2007))
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To: SmithL
The UT loss in the Swamp to UF is days away but he is already drowning his sorrows...

Go Gators!

5 posted on 09/10/2007 1:16:12 PM PDT by YouPosting2Me (My Mission: Get 'Millee' to start using a Tagline again...)
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To: SmithL
Naifeh said today that Briley suffers from alcoholism, was in treatment last fall

The treatment was apparently unsuccessful. Wonder what he went into treatment to dodge last time.

6 posted on 09/10/2007 1:16:58 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: CSM
It kind of amazes me that we have minimized fleeing an accident scene.

Not if you or I flee.

7 posted on 09/10/2007 1:20:30 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SmithL

Looking at the next Democratic governor of Tennesee. Rats love to promote criminals you know.


8 posted on 09/10/2007 1:20:44 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: SmithL

HIC!

9 posted on 09/10/2007 1:22:06 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: SmithL
A heavily intoxicated State Rep. Rob Briley, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, fled the scene of an accident in DeKalb County on Saturday afternoon, then led police in Wilson County on a 100-mile-an-hour chase before finally stopping, according to police reports and court documents.

The Nashville Democrat was arrested at gunpoint after stopping his SUV in the middle of the road and is alleged to have kicked the window of a patrol car while in custody.


Drunk drivers are scum with no regard for the lives and safety of others. This guy needs to resign immediately.
10 posted on 09/10/2007 1:22:10 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SmithL

He’s a Democrap and they have no scruples. He’ll be there until he retires someday.


11 posted on 09/10/2007 1:22:39 PM PDT by Reagan is King (Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave.)
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To: SmithL
[Briley got out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but then went back to the SUV and drank from a blue plastic cup, Lucy’s report stated.]

This is an old legal trick. The defendant can claim his blood alcohol reading is not accurate because he drank after he stopped driving.

After a high-speed chase police would have been justified in firing into the vehicle. I wish they had.

12 posted on 09/10/2007 1:23:51 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: SmithL
Republican- Tapping Foot = reason for resignation.
Democrat- DUI, fleeing scene of accident, evading arrest = not worth considering resignation.
13 posted on 09/10/2007 1:23:52 PM PDT by mnehring (Thompson/Hunter '08- Time to have the real men in charge!)
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To: SmithL

What about Jeff Rabon?? I haven’t heard one word about this guy in the MSM.

http://kotv.com/news/topstory/?id=134915


14 posted on 09/10/2007 1:27:03 PM PDT by khnyny (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: SmithL

It’s time to appoint an “Ad-Hic” Investigative Committee.


15 posted on 09/10/2007 1:27:48 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: SmithL
Wilson County Cops? This clown is lucky they didn't shoot him in the head.

I lived in Lebanon, TN for a short period of time. Those guys had a reputation of not putting up with a lot of trash.

16 posted on 09/10/2007 1:28:40 PM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: SmithL
Naifeh said he was aware of “naysayers” who were attempting to turn Briley’s situation to partisan advantage.

Not a situation that Briley somehow got caught up in. He acted with complete disregard for the law and public safety.

17 posted on 09/10/2007 1:28:59 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Reagan is King

throw the bum out before the drunken idiot kills someone, make him a commoner so he can set his time out in jail like the rest of us would!!!!


18 posted on 09/10/2007 1:30:18 PM PDT by the right reverend
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To: SmithL
“Briley was released to the custody of his mother,... “
HIS F%$#ing MOTHER? Are you shiiteing me? rat puke could easily have kill someone and himself, then had a televised funeral with albore eulogizing him. Tennessee conservatives don’t let up until he’s gone. See that his ash ends up in jail!
19 posted on 09/10/2007 1:31:32 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Liberals are "American aliens." They were born IN America but they are not OF America.)
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To: SmithL
Briley was released to the custody of his mother, GeAnne Briley

Ouch.

20 posted on 09/10/2007 1:33:04 PM PDT by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: SmithL

Rep. Rob Briley: registered Democrat and a state elected leader in the legislature + “fled the scene of an accident” + “member of the House Ethics Committee and played a central role in shaping ethics legislation that was enacted by the General Assembly last year”.

How can there be anything wrong in that equation; Ted Kennedy has been getting away with worse at the national level for years? Certainly, with their excuses for red-nose Ted, the Democrats have no basis to treat Briley with any less “respect”.


21 posted on 09/10/2007 1:36:08 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: SmithL

The Nashville Democrat was arrested

Well my, my my..

22 posted on 09/10/2007 1:40:15 PM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008 -- talk about it >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: SmithL

He’ll go into Rehap like the doper Kennedy and when he comes out ,The Dems will give him a Standing O.


23 posted on 09/10/2007 1:43:04 PM PDT by ustanker (Secure the border!)
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To: Volunteer; Grammy

Ping for Grammy.

How’ve been been doing Volunteer? Long time since I talked with you.Hope all is well.


24 posted on 09/10/2007 1:48:32 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

If he was that drunk and driving 100 mph, then reckless endangerment charges should be brought as well. On one hand Wilson County is a bad place to get yourself in a criminal fix. On the other hand he is well connected politically, and the Wilson County “hillbilly mafia” may gain some political chits over seeing that he gets an easy ride.


25 posted on 09/10/2007 1:50:02 PM PDT by jdub
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Bingo.
You’ve got that right, Dems can beat their children, kill their dates, cheat on their wives, steel from anything and everyone and still be let to stay in office.
Why don’t Republicans howl like mad when dems do this b.s. like dems do when Repubs do it?


26 posted on 09/10/2007 1:54:03 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: SmithL

Leaving the scene of an accident - not to mention the DUI part - is a serious criminal offense in most states. This would get your average schlub a significant jail sentence.

Let’s see what happens to this idiot.


27 posted on 09/10/2007 1:58:03 PM PDT by seanrobins (http://www.seanrobins.com)
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To: Volunteer

I live in Gallatin and listened to the chase of this
`Rat on the scanner yesterday,remember that square,he
went the wrong direction around it,left the cops after
that for a while till county picked it up.

Resign, a Rat does`t have that much honor. He`ll just go
back in rehab.


28 posted on 09/10/2007 1:58:06 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Fred Thompson for President)
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To: SmithL

Be series. He won’t resign. He won’t be removed. He’s a Democrat.


29 posted on 09/10/2007 1:59:53 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: girlangler
Girlangler -

Great to hear from you! Sounds like things down in TN are not boring these days!

I am pulling up stakes at the end of the month and moving to the North Woods of WI. I expect I am actually going to see snow this year.

How are you doing???

30 posted on 09/10/2007 2:00:53 PM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: 31M20RedDevil
The wrong way around the square? This guy had to be hammered to screw that up.

My wife taught in Gallatin for about a year at Vol State's campus there. Nice area.

31 posted on 09/10/2007 2:03:09 PM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: girlangler

As good as Tennesse does in choosing people like Fred, unfortunately, when we pick a Dem, we pick a real winner (this guy, Algore, Ford... and on and on and on) Someday, we will really make it into a Republican state.

In the meantime, I am well. Spent the last 2 weeks up to my elbows in sugar. Finally got some rain!!


32 posted on 09/10/2007 2:06:29 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: the right reverend

He and Ophelia Ford should get together. They both have the same problem. They could take their act on the road. On second thought, they’d better not. Too many innocent people out there that could meet an untimely end.


33 posted on 09/10/2007 2:06:57 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: SmithL

It’s a good thing he didn’t kill somebody, but if he had, the Democrats would’ve named a Tennessee highway after him:

http://www.geocities.com/american_motorcycle_association/koella.html


34 posted on 09/10/2007 2:08:09 PM PDT by zipper
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To: khnyny

I had to look up the guy’s party affiliation. ;)


35 posted on 09/10/2007 2:09:42 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (I made a prank call...pretended I was a mime.)
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To: Grammy

Got some rain today, the first we’ve had all summer practicially (except one day we got about four drops).

Everything is dried up here.

Also, been trying to get rid of spyware on my computer. I finally got Spywarebot, and I think it’s worked.

Don’t work too hard!!!


36 posted on 09/10/2007 2:13:05 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: YouPosting2Me
The UT loss in the Swamp to UF is days away but he is
already drowning his sorrows...



Hey,there, them's fightn' words




37 posted on 09/10/2007 2:16:28 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: SmithL

Seems like the Dem’s are improving over the years.

At least now when they get drunk, drive recklessly and flee the scene of an accident no one ends up drowned.

Unfortunately, this turd will probably end up with a suspended sentance like u-boat commander Teddy.


38 posted on 09/10/2007 2:26:22 PM PDT by Grumpy_Mel (Humans are resources - Soilent Green is People!)
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To: vpintheak

better words were never spoken... think Ford family from Memphis!!!


39 posted on 09/10/2007 2:38:56 PM PDT by TN Conserative
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To: 31M20RedDevil

I live in Dekalb County and I am just now hearing of this....Am not able to listen to our local talk radio because school started in Aug.


40 posted on 09/10/2007 2:41:19 PM PDT by TN Conserative
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To: SmithL

Democrat culture of corruption BUMP!


41 posted on 09/10/2007 2:42:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Czar; Borax Queen; yorkie; processing please hold
A heavily intoxicated State Rep. Rob Briley, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, fled the scene of an accident in DeKalb County on Saturday afternoon, then led police in Wilson County on a 100-mile-an-hour chase before finally stopping, according to police reports and court documents.

The Nashville Democrat was arrested at gunpoint....

Disgusting and pathetic...absolutely pathetic!
42 posted on 09/10/2007 2:43:46 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: YouPosting2Me

Don’t worry for UT fans. Pearl will continue his mastery of Donovan.


43 posted on 09/10/2007 2:52:40 PM PDT by jblair (Air Force Brat)
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To: Grammy

Allow me to add Bill Boner to the list.


44 posted on 09/10/2007 2:55:56 PM PDT by jblair (Air Force Brat)
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To: Volunteer

It is a very nice area. The growth is unreal,land prices have gone to prices where farms are almost gone. I`m not selling my farm yet.

Selling my cows and calves tho because of this terrrible drought

They`ve almost rebuilt Vol State after the F-4 last yr.


45 posted on 09/10/2007 3:15:22 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Fred Thompson for President)
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To: SmithL

Around here, fleeing an officer and the 100 mark are both felonies. For the little people, anyway.


46 posted on 09/10/2007 3:18:04 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The Flyin' Imams Since 11/20/06)
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To: the right reverend
throw the bum out before the drunken idiot kills someone, make him a commoner so he can set his time out in jail like the rest of us would!!!!

I wish. It won't happen though because he has triple liberal immunity:

He's a Democrat + he's a lawyer + he has an addiction = untouchable.

I'm betting he won't even lose his chairmanship of the judiciary committee after his "rehab" is over. It's pathetic.

47 posted on 09/10/2007 4:15:20 PM PDT by Reagan is King (Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave.)
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To: SmithL

Good thing he wasn’t caught “toe tapping” in a restroom or he’b be in big trouble

Who am I kidding he’s a Democratr, He’s bulletproof.../sigh


48 posted on 09/10/2007 6:53:27 PM PDT by RedMonqey ( The truth is never PC)
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To: jblair
Now you’ve done it.... I had forgotten all about that embarrassing man.
49 posted on 09/11/2007 12:43:48 AM PDT by Grammy
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To: SmithL; All
In case you missed the video of the arrest of Rep. Briley, it’s at Flopping Aces. This Dem should be thrown out of the House ASAP, but that won’t happen. Here is the Link:(if video doesn't work, jump to other video site Flopping Aces links)

http://www.floppingaces.net/2007/09/13/another-democrat-thrown-in-jai/

Some of words in the video that Briley says to the police can’t be posted here (so be warned), but here is an excerpt from Flopping Aces.

video of the arrest of House Judiciary Chairman Rob Briley over the weekend shows the Nashville Democrat alternately berating police and breaking down in sobs.

At one point a profane Briley asked officers to take him out to the woods and shoot him in the head.

~~~

Briley called the officer a Nazi and a brownshirt, then sang the first line of “Springtime For Hitler” from the Mel Brooks movie and musical “The Producers.”

50 posted on 09/13/2007 8:00:44 AM PDT by bobsunshine
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