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.

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Assaults, Arson, Slurs: Report Finds Anti-Semitism in Berlin

Small square brass plates set in the pavement remember Jewish residents of Berlin’s Lichtenberg district who were torn from their homes and killed by the Nazis decades ago. Nearby, the charred remains of a Jewish-run bar destroyed by arson last month attest to a hatred that still burns among far-right extremists.

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Arson

Robert Doggart was improperly convicted of solicitation to commit federal arson for his planned attack on a mosque in New York because the religious building was not used in interstate commerce, as required by the underlying arson statute, the Sixth Circuit ruled. From his home in Tennessee, Doggart plotted to burn down the mosque, plans he shared with an FBI confidential informant. 

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