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Trayvon Martin wrongful death suit settled
American Thinker ^ | 04/06/2013 | Rick Moran

Posted on 04/06/2013 10:41:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A wrongful death suit filed by the parents of black teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has been settled, according to documents filed in a Florida court yesterday.

From Orlando Sentinel:

Trayvon Martin's parents have settled a wrongful-death claim for an amount thought to be more than $1 million against the homeowners association of the Sanford subdivision where their teenage son was killed.

Their attorney, Benjamin Crump, filed that paperwork at the Seminole County Courthouse, a portion of which was made public Friday.

In the five pages of the settlement that were available for public review, the settlement amount had been marked out. Lower in the agreement, the parties specified that they would keep that amount confidential.

When asked during an earlier interview whether the amount was more than $1 million, Crump said: "I have no comment on that subject ... I know you did not get that from me." Trayvon was shot to death by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman at the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhomes in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman served as head of the Neighborhood Watch and called police that evening, describing Trayvon as suspicious. He has said the teen attacked him and he fired in self-defense.

The community-association manager, Kent Taylor, did not return phone calls from the Orlando Sentinel about the settlement. Neither did its attorney, Thomas R. Slaten Jr.

Robert Taylor is founding partner of Taylor & Carls P.A., a law firm that represents homeowner associations but has no connection to the Retreat at Twin Lakes.

"When claims are filed, they're filed against anybody who could possibly have any culpability," he said. Trayvon's parents must have concluded that Zimmerman's homeowners association did, he said, thus the claim.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 04/06/2013 10:41:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
It all about the money....


2 posted on 04/06/2013 10:44:56 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey!
A million bucks is cheap to make this go away. Probably does not help Zimmerman’s defense, but .............


3 posted on 04/06/2013 10:45:38 AM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now take your money and go away!


4 posted on 04/06/2013 10:48:16 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder what the monthly fees are if they have a spare million dollars in their account.


5 posted on 04/06/2013 10:50:08 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: savedbygrace

> I wonder what the monthly fees are if they have a spare
> million dollars in their account.

Prolly an insurance policy payout.

Their insurance rates will, of course, increase, however.


6 posted on 04/06/2013 10:53:13 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This shouldn’t have been allowed until conclusion of the trial.


7 posted on 04/06/2013 10:56:23 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Westbrook

Insurance companies wouldn’t roll over that fast nor for that much. Must be why all the details of the settlement are left out. They maybe didn’t get near what they wanted. This is what passes for journalism these days.


8 posted on 04/06/2013 10:56:41 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: darkwing104

I agree.


9 posted on 04/06/2013 11:03:29 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe now Zimmerman can sue for assault and injuries suffered at the hands of Trayvon.


10 posted on 04/06/2013 11:04:19 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s more than the yout would have stolen over his whole lifetime.


11 posted on 04/06/2013 11:07:16 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: darkwing104

It all about the money.

Sad but true!!!


12 posted on 04/06/2013 11:09:40 AM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: SeekAndFind

Only in America....land of the sue-happy ‘gimme freebies’.... could two crappy excuses for parents be awarded money for the consequences of their thug-in-the-making son’s actions of attacking a neighborhood watch person. This is the backasswards kind of justice that all of us that are not considered “Holder’s people” can expect from now on.


13 posted on 04/06/2013 11:10:55 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have never seen anyone go after the money so fast as his family did.


14 posted on 04/06/2013 11:11:11 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

<>Their attorney, Benjamin Crump, filed that paperwork at the Seminole County Courthouse, a portion of which was made public Friday.<>

The Sentinel reported on Friday that the settlement amount was crossed out of paperwork filed at the Seminole County Courthouse. Later in the day, the document appeared to have been withdrawn from public view.

Although a cover page indicated copies of the settlement were given to Zimmerman’s lawyer and the judge presiding over the criminal trial, Vincent told Reuters that the defense team did not receive its copy.

http://news.yahoo.com/trayvon-martins-family-settles-wrongful-death-claim-report-232428707.html

Crump and the media have pulled another DeeDee —


15 posted on 04/06/2013 11:22:55 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Tupelo
For one thing, it's probably irrelevant to Zimmerman's defense. Secondly, this might be one of the best things that could have happened to him. If the HOA and its insurance carrier have paid a settlement in a civil suit over this incident, then they've openly acknowledged that Zimmerman was acting as an appointed agent of the HOA.

The next civil suit to come out of this case will likely come from Zimmerman -- against the HOA. He will claim that the HOA governing documents indemnify and hold harmless its officers, directors and other agents who act in a volunteer capacity, and will demand financial compensation to cover the legal fees he has incurred in his defense.

Mark my words ... it's coming, folks.

16 posted on 04/06/2013 11:32:09 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: SeekAndFind

This is so wrong. Extortion is the proper word. This black family is exactly what is wrong with America.


17 posted on 04/06/2013 11:33:26 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Westbrook

Travelers was the carrier. They paid. My guess is the policy was for 1 million. I am sure the homeowners would have contested if the amount was much beyond that but they agree to subrigation when they insure.

I think one should address any problems with this settlement directly with them through the CEO. This is a travesty.


18 posted on 04/06/2013 11:37:03 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: SeekAndFind

Million Dollar Babie$!!!


19 posted on 04/06/2013 11:38:51 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Alberta's Child
Mark my words ... it's coming, folks.

It could get worse than that and turn full circle. Since Crump opened up Pandora's Box by making this confidential settlement public, the HOA could then go after Crump for any subsequent payouts to Zimmerman.

20 posted on 04/06/2013 11:56:51 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: savedbygrace

Special assessment time (if insurance doesn’t handle it, but even them the deductable is probably huge).


21 posted on 04/06/2013 11:57:31 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: SeekAndFind
How is this possible when Zimmerman hasn't even gone to trial yet? What if the defense presents a video of TraydmarkTM stalking Zimmerman and beating the hell out of the guy? (which to me is exactly what happened) Or trying to break into a house? These lawyers are pussies. They are paying the family of a guy who was attempting to kill somebody.
22 posted on 04/06/2013 12:08:36 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: SkyDancer

I certainly would especially if found not guilty. And sue every single last news outlet that badmouthed him (especially NBC) and sue even Obama if possible for enflaming the situation. I never seen a guy so maligned in my life for self defense. The evidence is overwhelming that he was attacked, was screaming for his life, and from day 1 he’s been portrayed as something akin to a KKK member.


23 posted on 04/06/2013 12:13:33 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Ya, I think that Zimmerman and his lawyers will be quite busy the next decade. I hope Trayvon’s family will enjoy the money. Not. They better spend it on a good lawyer or two or three.


24 posted on 04/06/2013 12:15:29 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Slump Tester

You beat me to that comment! Trayvon, worth more dead than alive!


25 posted on 04/06/2013 12:22:06 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: shelterguy

I read, over at the Treehouse, that there was a clause that stated that the settlement was strictly to avoid litigation, and not signifying any guilt or culpability.


26 posted on 04/06/2013 12:23:20 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Their attorneys will get at least 1/3 PLUS costs. Bet on that!


27 posted on 04/06/2013 12:25:04 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Raise a punk. Get a free million. It’s like the lottery, only better because you get more publicity.


28 posted on 04/06/2013 12:37:27 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: darkwing104

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Crump


29 posted on 04/06/2013 1:20:20 PM PDT by Bobibutu
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

That’s typically how these settlements work. The bigger issue is that the “culpability” they’ve accepted is for Zimmerman — which means he’s next at the plaintiff’s table.


30 posted on 04/06/2013 1:46:59 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: Uncle Chip

I may be wrong, but I haven’t seen any indication that Crump released any of this information.


31 posted on 04/06/2013 1:47:40 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: Robert DeLong

I bet his parents have insured themselves for years and have great life, health, liability insurance policies...!!

Until we all just decide to have no liabiliby insurance and we’re worth nothing to speak of this will go on. Criminal’s and their families will prosper and we’ll keep paying higher premiums for this crappy way lawyers earn their fancy life.

Illegals do this all the time. They have no life or auto insurance so if you are at fault in a car accident they’ve won the lotto.

We’re a pretty sick nation.


32 posted on 04/06/2013 1:47:44 PM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: Alberta's Child

That is now debatable. See Post #15

The big news was the settlement and the trigger for that was Crump’s filing the redacted settlement papers with the Court. Copies were said to have been delivered to the Defense and the Judge.

Next came the news that Nelson gave Crump 10 days to show why these settlement papers should remain confidential.

Now apparently they have been withdrawn. And the Defense said that they never got their copy.

So if a Crump files papers with the Court and then withdraws them, were they ever filed with the Court in the first place????


33 posted on 04/06/2013 2:03:01 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

If you are on the HOA insurance company side, factor in:

1. Cost to litigate up to trial.
2. Cost of trial.
3. Likely hood of a judgement.
4. If judgement is negative, then cost to appeal.

The Martin’s attorney knows the risks and factors into his advice. He wants to settle at step 1.

So I would not read much into the amount speculation. Given the recent news on the case, sentiment was going the HOA’s way. My guess is low six figures. Easily covered by the policy. No HOA special assessment.


34 posted on 04/06/2013 3:08:30 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: cicero2k

Block party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


35 posted on 04/06/2013 3:11:14 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Uncle Chip
-- So if a Crump files papers with the Court and then withdraws them, were they ever filed with the Court in the first place? --

If the settlement was months ago, and the press knew it (refer to unspecified press interview with O'Mara, sometime in February), but the press didn't report the settlement when it learned about it - does that mean the settlement was reached in April? Or does it mean that the press is full of lying cockroaches?

The most recent entries on the Zimmerman criminal docket are:

04/05/2013   LETT   LETTER FROM THE CLERK'S OFFICE TO ATTORNEY BENJAMIN CRUMP REGARDING NOTICE OF 
04/05/2013   LETT   CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
I suspect the court has invited Crump to withdraw the filing.
36 posted on 04/06/2013 3:22:13 PM PDT by Cboldt (LETT)
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To: SeekAndFind

AH!.. The GREAT Martin Honkyfication Scam...

Honky or not Honky you can now be finacially raped once Honkyfied..


37 posted on 04/06/2013 3:24:38 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Cboldt

the settlement is discoverable and is subject to court order disclosure regardless of confidentiality.


38 posted on 04/06/2013 3:25:17 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory
-- the settlement is discoverable and is subject to court order disclosure regardless of confidentiality. --

While I agree that in the entire universe of possible legal action, it is discoverable; I respectfully disagree that it has any bearing at all in the criminal case at hand, but I'm quite open to a citation for the opposite proposition.

As for disclosing the "secret" parts, courts are generally protective of secrets, provided they are legal secrets. Plenty of trade secret cases are conducted, and the secrets are kept, well, secret. The out of court settlement has a similar nature. It is a private, legal deal.

39 posted on 04/06/2013 3:32:44 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt
(refer to unspecified press interview with O'Mara, sometime in February), but the press didn't report the settlement when it learned about it - does that mean the settlement was reached in April?Or does it mean that the press is full of lying cockroaches?

I'm not buying any of it. It shows up the day after the Writ and none of the people who were supposed to get copies got them. And the media makes a bigger deal out of a document that they can't and won't show us, that was supposedly told them 2 months ago, than the Writ that could turn the case upside down.

Show me the papers and I'll believe the cockroaches.

40 posted on 04/06/2013 4:34:15 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

This makes no sense, although maybe I just don’t understand how Florida runs community watch.

In our state, the neighborhood watch is not attached to an HOA, and the HOA would have no liability for the action of a person in the neighborhood watch. And in fact, there are pretty strict rules about the whole NW thing.

Unless the HOA had a policy, and the insurance company decided it was easier to pay up, this makes no sense.


41 posted on 04/06/2013 9:05:54 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Frankly I have yet to see any evidence that the HOA settled anything. Ben Crump saying anything is not proof of anything.

He is a proven liar. He filed a document with the court and a short time later it was withdrawn and not available. A copy was said to have been given to the defense but they said that they received no copy.

The Orlando Sentinel says that it has a copy of the settlement papers. Alright — if so — then publish them. Put up or shut up:

“The Sentinel reported on Friday that the settlement amount was crossed out of paperwork filed at the Seminole County Courthouse. Later in the day, the document appeared to have been withdrawn from public view.

“Although a cover page indicated copies of the settlement were given to Zimmerman’s lawyer and the judge presiding over the criminal trial, Vincent told Reuters that the defense team did not receive its copy.”

http://news.yahoo.com/trayvon-martins-family-settles-wrongful-death-claim-report-232428707.html

Crump giveth and Crump taketh away — ....... be the name of DeeDee


42 posted on 04/07/2013 6:54:03 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

This tells me that the Martin family’s lawyers think Zimmerman will be found Not Guilty in his upcoming trial.

No way a lawyer would recommend a civil settlement BEFORE the criminal trial has even started.

Unless, of course, the insurance company went all jello in the knees and made some kind of huge offer.

How long before both Mom and Dad blow through their share of the money and declare bankruptcy?

Wagers? Anyone?


43 posted on 04/07/2013 10:33:46 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
Wagers? Anyone?

I'm more interested in how they will be able to hold up those Trashcans for Trayvon with all that money weighing down their pockets.

At a time when they were crying out "Justice for Trayvon", and begging bucks from widows in black churches, they were filing a suit to extort millions from those who had nothing to do with their son's death.

I suspect that the publicity of this settlement will have a detrimental effect. It will dry up those trashcans and bring a lot of people out of the woodwork who helped pull off this scam and will now want to be paid, because this is all they are going to get. In the hood it's all about the money.

44 posted on 04/07/2013 2:33:42 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

I suspect the settlement was far less than $1m.


45 posted on 04/07/2013 2:39:59 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard; Cboldt

Parks and Crump from a year ago:

Homeowners could pay in Trayvon Martin killing
Posted April 2, 2012

http://parkscrump.com/homeowners-could-pay-in-trayvon-martin-killing/


46 posted on 04/07/2013 4:31:13 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Cboldt

3 days and counting:

http://www.flcourts18.org/PDF/Press_Releases/Letter%20from%20Seminole%20County%20Clerk%20of%20Court.pdf


47 posted on 04/08/2013 9:43:20 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
Something is really fishy here. The material was supposed to be confidential for 10 days, but somehow the clerk of the court gave at least a partial copy to the Orlando sentinel, and then the contents were the source of many many many news stories over the next few days.

I think the HOA and Crump have a fairly easy "out" to (cough cough) maintain the confidentiality; which is to file the motion required by the rules (nevermind for a moment that the rules say the material will be kept confidential for ten days, when the material was released to the press already). I think the settlement agreement is in the nature of trade secret, at least it is to the HOA insurer. It takes the judge to agree that it merits confidentiality - contrasted with certain other information that the clerk can find to be confidential.

The court has 30 days to decide, but that's a rules based deadline, and the courts in Florida only follow the rules when it produces the outcome they want. There is no remedy for failure to rule in the 30 days, and Crump and HOA, etc. all want to keep the agreement confidential (cough cough) now that the strategic leak has been completed.

48 posted on 04/08/2013 10:12:47 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

Yep — it looks like it could be in confidentiality limbo for as long as it is expedient for Crump.

But since the Orlando Sentinel has a copy and has already released some of the information therein, how can they continue to claim confidentiality.

I wonder if O’Mara has his copy yet???


49 posted on 04/08/2013 10:49:54 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
I think the goal was to make the existence of a settlement a news item, and that Crump, the Orlando sentinel, and the clerk of the court were all in on the scheme.

Now the clerk can claim simple error, Crump can say (and probably win) that the material is confidential and was not to be released, and Rene Stutzman can just play "simple error by clerk" or "the press is entitled to it" or whatever suits her pro-Martin agenda. There will be no way to prove it was a scheme, but the circumstances add up to it, plain and simple.

How many other confidential filings were copied for the public after one day in the hopper? How come only five pages?

Anyway, from Crump's point of view, mission accomplished. It was news, and he won;t be found in breach of contract to maintain confidentiality.

50 posted on 04/08/2013 10:59:33 AM PDT by Cboldt
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