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Misdemeanor

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"The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

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CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is a convicted felon who can't own a gun, and while campaigning for president has said he will send men house-to-house to take away guns.

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In September 2014, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was placed on paid leave for nine games and suspended for the final six after he was indicted by a grand jury in Texas that found him guilty of disciplining his son with a tree branch. Pederson eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault. The 2012 NFL MVP returned to the Vikings in 2015 and led the league in rushing.

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In 2000, Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis and a pair of friends were charged for the stabbing deaths of two men outside a nightclub hours after the Super Bowl played in Atlanta. The most serious charges against Lewis were dropped, and he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice. Lewis helped Baltimore win two Super Bowl titles and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

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An inconsistency in a law that prescribes a felony penalty for the crime strangulation but not for suffocation is on its way to being remedied. 

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