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Defense in Somali sex-trafficking case questions witness' credibility

An attorney for one of the defendants is asking the judge to dismiss all charges involving "Jane Doe 2," claiming her mother lied under oath about the girl's age. Fourteen of 30 defendants in the
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An attorney for one of the defendants is asking the judge to dismiss all charges involving "Jane Doe 2," claiming her mother lied under oath about the girl's age. Fourteen of 30 defendants in the

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