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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorney Alan Dershowitz is suing CNN for $300 million, alleging it slandered and libeled him through its editing of a comment he made to the Senate while defending President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial, saying the revision made it falsely appear he “had lost his mind.

Dershowitz, who was part of the legal team defending the president during the trial that ended with Trump’s Feb. 5 acquittal, filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday in South Florida.

The lawsuit centers around comments Dershowitz, 82, made Jan. 29 in response to a question by Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican. It involved whether an allegation that Trump wanted to trade Ukrainian political favors in return for U.S. military aid could be considered grounds for finding the president guilty and removed from office.

The former Harvard Law School professor and frequent media commentator responded, “the only thing that would make a quid pro quo unlawful is if the quo were somehow illegal” — and providing arms to Ukraine wasn’t illegal.

Dershowitz said CNN only played what he said moments later: “Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest and, mostly, they are right, your election is in the public interest, and if the president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”

He contends that by playing only the second segment “over and over again” without the first part, CNN made it appear he was arguing a president could avoid impeachment for illegal acts as long as he believed his reelection was in the nation’s best interest. That notion is “preposterous and foolish on its face,” Dershowitz argues in his lawsuit.

“That was the point: to falsely paint Professor Dershowitz as a constitutional scholar and intellect who was lost his mind,” the lawsuit argues.

CNN did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.

As a public figure, Dershowitz faces difficult hurdles in winning a libel suit. Not only must Dershowitz show CNN’s editing falsified his statements and that act and the statements it caused damaged his reputation, he would also have to show CNN knew its statements were false or were made with reckless disregard for the truth.

Dershowitz is demanding a jury trial.

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Career drug dealer sentenced to federal prison for meth, opioids, marijuana

An Appling County man with multiple prior convictions for selling narcotics has been sentenced to nearly two decades in federal prison.

Charlie Williams, 38, of Alma, Ga., was sentenced to 190 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood after pleading guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Five Grams or More of Methamphetamine, and Quantities of Hydromorphone and Marijuana, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. After completion of his prison term, Williams must serve four years of supervised release.

There is no parole in the federal system.

“Charlie Williams first went to prison as a drug dealer 18 years ago, and time behind bars seemed to be the only time he wasn’t pushing poison on the streets,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “Our law enforcement partners have made the community a safer place by getting him back behind bars.”

Williams was on felony probation for convictions in state court on charges of selling cocaine when he was arrested in Oct. 2019 after Appling County Sheriff’s Office investigators served a search warrant at his home. During the search, investigators found large amounts of methamphetamine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid) pills and marijuana, along with more than $1,000 cash and drug-sales paraphernalia.

“This drug trafficker, who happens to be a repeat offender, was arrested because of the great working relationship that DEA has with its federal, state and local counterparts,” said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Murphy. “Mr. Williams will now spend well-deserved time in prison and his apprehension makes our communities a safer place today.”

“One prison term was not enough for this defendant,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds. “His decision to reoffend brings harsh penalties. We will continue to work diligently along with our local and federal partners to investigate drug dealers that threaten the safety of our communities.”

“Much of the crime in our communities is driven by a handful of repeat offenders who continually challenge the efforts of law enforcement to keep our streets safe,” said Appling County Sheriff Mark Melton. “We appreciate the help of our law enforcement partners in getting this drug dealer out of our neighborhoods and back where he belongs: behind bars.”

The case was investigated by the DEA, the GBI, and the Appling County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Coordinator Marcela C. Mateo.

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