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Animal Cruelty

A federal judge vacated a New York man’s convictions for arson and animal abuse after starting porch fires at an ex-girlfriend's home and dousing her pet rabbit with gasoline, although it was not injured in the fire. The man had a valid challenge to a prospective juror since she was not clear that she could be impartial in the case due to her love of animals.

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal judge vacated a New York man’s convictions for arson and animal abuse after starting porch fires at an ex-girlfriend's home and dousing her pet rabbit with gasoline, although it was not injured in the fire. The man had a valid challenge to a prospective juror since she was not clear that she could be impartial in the case due to her love of animals.

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