More quakes shake ‘ring of fire’

'Ring of fire' (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

‘Ring of fire’ (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

Two more earthquakes shook southern Mexico Saturday, further rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from stronger temblors earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Californians are anxious about a possible Big One, because of the recent major quakes – all seemingly hitting in the “ring of fire,” where about 90 percent of seismic activity occurs.

A 6.1-magnitude Mexico earthquake Saturday morning was centered in Oaxaca state near Matias Romero, a town about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Roughly speaking, the epicenter was between the centers of this month’s two more violent earthquakes – the 7.1 magnitude temblor that hit Tuesday closer to the capital, and the 8.1 magnitude quake that struck Sept. 8 off the southern Pacific coast, near Chiapas state.

Another 4.5-magnitude quake hit Oaxaca at 7:06 p.m. Eastern. That temblor occurred at a depth of 8.9 kilometers, according to initial readings by USGS.

In Oaxaca, some highways and a bridge that had been damaged during the Sept. 8 earthquake collapsed, Mexico’s federal police said.

Mexico City did not appear to have sustained significant damage in the earlier and stronger of Saturday’s two quakes, said the country’s office of the secretary of public security.

Warning sirens sounded in Mexico City after the morning quake was detected, interrupting rescue operations at some of the dozens of buildings that collapsed from Tuesday’s earthquake.

At least 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes hit in the so-called “ring of fire” stretching from New Zealand to Chile through Asia and toward the Americas.

And the chances of California experiencing a major earthquake has peaked, say researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tom Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, said: “We know that tectonic forces are continually tightening the springs of the San Andreas fault system, making big quakes inevitable. We are fortunate that seismic activity in California has been relatively low over the past century.”

Researchers scoured through the latest data from the state’s active geological faults to determine the likelihood of an earthquake there.

Their findings showed the probability that California will experience a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years has increased from about 4.7 percent to about 7 percent.


Fears are growing in the wake of a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hitting New Zealand Wednesday as it caused tremors off the coast of Japan and Indonesia. California is located in the same path.

It comes as Mexico continues to battle to rescue survivors from toppled buildings after its devastating 7.1-magnitude quake Tuesday killed 230 people.

Seismologists are concerned that there has been an unusually high amount of activity along the fault in the past week. One scientist branded the activity “unusual.”

“Earthquakes in California and Mexico differ in ways that are important to understand – if we are to learn lessons that allow us to better prepare for them in the future,” said seismologist Jean-Paul Ampuero, a professor in the Seismological Laboratory at CalTech. “First, the tectonic activity in each area is different: California sits at the boundary between two plates that rub each other horizontally. The plates off the shore of Mexico and the rest of the Pacific ‘ring of fire,’ an area of intense seismic activity, rub against each other vertically. As a result, Mexico has bigger earthquakes. The biggest Mexican earthquakes happen offshore and create tsunamis, but the earthquakes themselves are far from Mexico City.”

The biggest Californian earthquakes happen inland on the San Andreas Fault, he said, and as a result generate no tsunami.

“Though they are smaller than earthquakes like the one we are seeing cause such devastation in Mexico, they occur dangerously close to Los Angeles.”

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Hillary: Women who support Trump ‘disrespecting themselves’

(Fortune) Hillary Clinton spoke about her thoughts on what she viewed as sexist comments by President Donald Trump and women who continued to support him.

“When I see women doing that, I think why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace? In a community setting? Do they not see the connection there?” Clinton said in an interview on AM Joy.

She added that the fight against sexism is ongoing, even for women. She also pointed out that, while more women voted for her, she lost white women’s vote. However, she said progress was still made because she won more votes from white women than former President Barack Obama did.

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Trump doubles down on NFL players who kneel for anthem

(London Daily Mail) President Donald Trump continued his Twitter war with the National Football League on Saturday, this time taking aim at Commissioner Roger Goodell for permitting players to protest by kneeling during the national anthem.

‘Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country,’ the president tweeted. ‘Tell them to stand!’

Earlier on Saturday, Trump doubled down on his criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand during the national anthem, despite fierce backlash from the league and players.

‘If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the national anthem,’ he said on Twitter Saturday afternoon.

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Activist Dem judge rules LGBT mandate trumps 1st Amendment

Carl and Angel Larson (Photo: Alliance Defending Freedom)

Carl and Angel Larson (Photo: Alliance Defending Freedom)

A federal judge in Minnesota with a long history of Democratic Party activism has issued a ruling that effectively concludes the LGBT agenda trumps the First Amendment’s religious-rights protections.

Judge John Tunheim, appointed by former President Bill Clinton

Judge John Tunheim, appointed by former President Bill Clinton

John Tunheim, appointed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1995, ordered Wednesday that Christian videographers Carl and Angel Larsen, through their company, Telescope Media Group, must use their filmmaking talents to promote same-sex marriages if they produce films that celebrate marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Their lawyers announced immediately they will appeal the decision by Tunheim, who charged in his opinion that the Larsens’ faith-based objection to creating videos promoting same-sex relationships is “akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign.”

The ruling came in a case the Larsens brought against state officials over their enforcement of the Human Rights Act, which bars discrimination in the workplace on the basis of “sexual orientation.”

“Tolerance is a two-way street,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “Creative professionals who engage in the expression of ideas shouldn’t be threatened with fines and jail simply for having a particular point of view about marriage that the government may not favor. Public officials can’t censor filmmakers or demand that they tell stories in film that violate their deepest convictions.

Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert and Nina Shea have collaborated to create “Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians,” which confirms that groups like Pew Research, Newsweek and The Economist also identify Christians as “the world’s most widely persecuted religious group.”

Tedesco said people “should have the freedom to disagree on critical matters of conscience, which is why everyone, regardless of their view of marriage, can support the Larsens.”

“The same government that can force them to violate their faith and conscience can force any one of us to do the same. That’s why we plan to appeal this ruling to the 8th Circuit,” he said.

ADF noted Minnesota Department of Human Rights officials have repeatedly stated that private businesses such as the Larsens’ violate the law if they decline to create expression promoting same-sex weddings.

Penalties for violation include payment of a civil penalty to the state; triple compensatory damages; punitive damages of up to $25,000; a criminal penalty of up to $1,000; and up to 90 days in jail.

The judge, however, claimed the anti-discrimination law is “neutral,” so the filmmakers must abide by the state’s mandate.

The ruling may not have a long shelf life.

John Tunheim, 2nd from right in front row.

John Tunheim, 2nd from right in front row.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule in the coming months on in the case of Colorado cake-maker Jack Phillips. He declined to promote homosexuality with his cake artistry and was ordered by a biased state commission – one member likened him to a Nazi – to undergo a state-mandated re-indoctrination program.

Tunheim’s biography reveals a long list of left-wing activities, including work as a staff assistant to Sen. Hubert Humphrey, the investment of a “significant amount of time and effort” to help the United Nations program setting up a judicial system in Kosovo and his role as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention twice.

In a statement provided by their attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom, the Larsens contend their business “exists to tell great stories that honor God.”

It also points out the couple is expanding into wedding video services to “reanimate the hearts and minds of people about the goodness of marriage between a man and a woman.”

But the state of Minnesota and Tunheim say they must subjugate their faith to the state’s definition of marriage, even if it contradicts the Bible.

“The law bars discrimination on a whole bunch of different categories, and the state has added sexual orientation to the law. But [the state] has also announced that it interprets the law to require people in the wedding industry to promote concepts of marriage, including same-sex marriage, that they disagree with, even if that violate their religious beliefs,” Tedesco explained.

“The state has put that on official websites. They’ve announced that in various different places. They’ve basically put people on notice. They’re looking out for faithful Christians in the wedding industry, and they’re going to prosecute them if they act in a manner that’s consistent with their beliefs when it comes to marriage,” he said.

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Tedesco said a pre-emptive lawsuit was clearly needed.

“No one in their right mind – when 90 days in jail is on the line and the state is saying the exercise of your First Amendment rights could wind you up in jail – is going to exercise their rights. They chilled their expression. They go to court to try to get a judgment from the court before that even happens,” Tedesco said.

“Rather than take that risk, Carl and Angel filed a lawsuit to try to get the court to say that it was unlawful for the state to even apply the law to force them to say things they don’t want to say through their films,” he said.

Tedesco said the Minnesota Human Rights Act is a blatant violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“These kind of pre-enforcement challenges are something that’s been used for years in the civil rights context,” he said.

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It was during the last five years of the Obama administration that instances of hostility to religion across America surged 133 percent, said a report that documents more than 1,400 incidents ranging from the Obamacare attacks on faithful Christians to various prison restrictions on Muslims and Sikhs.

Critics say it shouldn’t be a surprise, since the former president claimed the United States never was a “Christian nation.”

WND reported that, during the last year of Obama’s administration, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights under his direction lamented how many restrictions there were on the government’s ability to restrict the impact of religious beliefs.

At that time, the agency’s report, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” got immediately to the point.

In the first of 306 pages, the “letter of transmittal” to Obama stated, “Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights.”

It said the fault lies with the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which “constricts the ability of government actors to curtail private citizens’ rights to the protections of nondiscrimination laws and policies.”

“Although the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act … limit the ability of government actors to impede individuals from practicing their religious beliefs, religious exemptions from nondiscrimination laws and policies must be weighed carefully and defined narrowly on a fact-specific basis,” states the letter.

Tunheim wrote that he “finds there is no constitutional problem” with the state’s restrictions on the Larsens’ speech.

He described the wedding videos the couple produces as “speech-for-hire” and said the First Amendment does not protect them.

“The court recognizes that the application of the MRHA to expressive businesses may at certain limited times burden the business’s exercise of free expression, and the case at hand is one such situaton,” he explained.

He claimed the state’s speech restrictions do not “target speech or expression at all.”

Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert and Nina Shea have collaborated to create “Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians,” which confirms that groups like Pew Research, Newsweek and The Economist also identify Christians as “the world’s most widely persecuted religious group.”

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How the left created white-identity politics


White-identity politics is on the rise in America, and the left is using the boogeyman of “racism’ to justify its extreme agenda.

But the left should not be surprised whites are beginning to operate by the same rules of identity politics progressives encourage for everyone else. After all, on American college campuses, identity politics has long since driven out any serious discussion of principles.

Scott Greer, author of “No Campus For White Men,” explained how the radical left has created its own ideological doppelganger in a recent interview on “Louder With Crowder” with talk host Steven Crowder.

“The premise is very simple – it’s that victimhood culture and identity politics have totally taken over higher education,” said Greer of his book. “It’s no longer about teaching kids so they can succeed in our traditional American life. It’s all about teaching victimhood, who can be the biggest victim and how to use your racial or gender or sexual identity to gain more privileges and power on a college campus. … [The book] describes how it’s happened [and] the philosophy behind it.”

“Some would say very timely,” joked Crowder, alluding to the left’s escalating campaign to tear down monuments to Confederates, Christians or anyone else they deem problematic.

Greer said the rise of the so-called alt right and white-identity politics is not surprising, given how the left has demonized white students purely because of the color of their skin.

“Absolutely, it’s a result of what we’re seeing from the left, of what I call in my book minority-identity politics,” said Greer. “On a college campus, they encourage all sorts of identity politics unless it’s white identity politics. That’s the one that’s not allowed. What we saw in Charlottesville, that is absolutely what the university is not hoping to encourage, but unintentionally, it’s still encouraging that.

“All these students are taught, ‘You’re bad for being white, you’re bad because of the color of your skin, you cannot overcome yourself because you’re white, the chief attribute about you is being white.’ You’ve got to look at these guys who were down in Charlottesville, most of these guys were college age, a lot of these guys were hearing the same messages from their left-wing professors and left-wing [fellow] students about how they’re evil, about being white. And a lot of them are like, ‘Well, you know if racial identity is so important I’m going to just start caring about my white identity and just start advocating for that.‘”

Greer said many young white students are taking the left’s identity politics to its logical conclusion.

“So a lot of this is a direct result of people being browbeaten for being white males,” he said. “And they take the natural conclusion [from what’s happening on college campuses] – I’m going to start advocating for white-identity politics against everybody else’s identity politics.

“I think growing up, a lot of these kids probably didn’t have any sense of white identity or any pride in being white but being taught all these things in their classes, in their education, in their culture, that because of the color of their skin they’re associated with these things, it has warped their mind into a kind of ‘white culture’ that didn’t exist 50 or a hundred years ago.”

“Yes, it’s created a contrarian culture,” added Crowder. “If you teach anyone something in college or university, you’ll create a subset of contrarians just because there’s a percentage of the population that will be. So when everything bad is white, then you’re just going to have some contrarians who say everything good is white. And then unfortunately neither side is looking at what’s made America great, which is our Constitution, our principles, the Declaration of Independence. Now it’s become all about white versus black and that’s the divide-and-conquer.”

Political correctness is just the beginning. The situation on college campuses is worse than you could ever imagine – and America’s future is at stake. Don’t miss the political blockbuster of 2017 – “No Campus For White Men” by Scott Greer.

Greer suggested there is no end to the current campus hysteria in sight.

“To see how bad it is, I would simply just point at what happened at Evergreen State in May,” Greer said. “A very well-known progressive professor was chased off campus because he simply opposed the idea of having a day where they kicked off all white students and faculty to make some ‘social justice’ point. Even then, when this outrageous act occurred, they targeted somebody who was of the left and of themselves, who is simply opposing it because he said, ‘This is a stupid idea, why do you want to punish left-wing faculty and students? Evergreen State is a very leftist school.‘”

The author claimed conservative students all over the country suffer from a climate of intimidation which prevents dissenting ideas from being aired at left-wing universities.

“If they are a conservative or a Republican, they have to worry about expressing those views in public,” said Greer. “I think we can see that at Berkeley, where a lot of these guys aren’t even white males in the College Republicans at Berkeley. A lot of them are Asian and other ethnicities, but just by being associated with white males and certainly by being in College Republicans, they have to worry about their safety. They get doxed (have their private information exposed). They get harassed on campus. They’re shouted down in class. Professors will know that they’re the ‘racist’ who brings Milo or Ben Shapiro to campus. They don’t want that person. They’re going to have to deal with a lot more harassment.”

However, Greer suggested even apolitical students also suffer from this atmosphere of intimidation, especially if they are white.

“For the average white person who’s not involved in politics, who perhaps doesn’t have strong political views or isn’t in College Republicans or Democrats, they still have to understand what they are going to see in classrooms,” he warned.

“They are going to see from the history professor that everything bad which has ever occurred in America is due to evil white supremacy. It’s due to people like you, and they will be pointed out in class. They could be the descendants of Polish immigrants who came in 1910, who have nothing to do with slavery, nothing to do with the subjugation of Indians, but they’re blamed for it just because of the color of their skin. And they even have to worry about speaking out in class.

“There was a woman at Evergreen State, I believe she was actually a leftist herself, who said, ‘I don’t want to speak up in class because I’m a white woman and I’ll be immediately shouted down by my classmates, told to shut up because you have privilege, you wouldn’t understand this topic.’”

Ultimately, Greer said, every white student will have to confront the left’s race-shaming campaign. And students who think they can simply avoid taking leftist classes, he cautioned, will quickly learn otherwise.

“Not everyone is going to have to take ‘White Privilege 301’ or whatever,” he said. “But everyone’s going to have to take orientation classes where you are listening to how you are bad for being white.”


Political correctness is just the beginning. The situation on college campuses is worse than you could ever imagine – and America’s future is at stake. Don’t miss the political blockbuster of 2017 – “No Campus For White Men” by Scott Greer.

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Veteran journalist warns ‘Is the Marxist takeover of America already complete?’

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

The American way of independence, entrepreneurialism and liberty has been under assault for decades.

The cultural foundations of the United States and its institutions are devolving along the lines of some futuristic apocalyptic novel and producing social, moral, and economic dry rot that can lead only to chaos and ruin.

Attacks on individuality, freedom and personal responsibility for most of the last century have resulted, as Alexis de Tocqueville once predicted, in a gradual degradation of the people and the descent into slavery of once-free people.

“Crushing the Collective: The Last Chance to Keep America Free and Self-governing” illuminates the very real dangers of the socialistic mindset that is currently threatening Americans’ freedoms and the very existence of our great nation.

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As Benjamin Franklin said, when the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.

Therefore, we must know the destructive history of nations drawn into the collectivist deceit, or we will be doomed to follow their same path. In “Crushing the Collective,” author Charles Sasser explores the various collectivization philosophies, processes, and movements that have destroyed individual freedom in their drive toward the collective utopian state.

In collectivist nations like Cuba, Russia, China and North Korea, the dependence came by tyrannical force.

Even the path of soft socialism that progresses stealthily toward greater and greater government control is inevitably a slippery slope to ultimate destruction. During Rome’s final days, people were so distracted by social decadence, hedonism, materialism, corruption and rejection of basic truths that they failed to notice their rights and liberties were being dismantled. No one remembered and stood up for their foundational values. Rome suffered from excess, which led to laziness, which led to tyranny. Americans today are buying into the same mindset as evidenced by twice electing to the presidency Barack Obama, a leader who believed the people were too selfish, greedy, and reckless to make economic decisions for themselves.

Scottish professor Alexander Tyler describes an endless cycle societies undergo, from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from great courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, and from dependency back to bondage.

As a historian, Charles Sasser makes the case in “Crushing the Collective” that America is in the dependency stage and that we are witnessing and living through what can only be the political, cultural and economic decline of the United States and the fall of Western Civilization. And yet though America has been cut to the core, the liberty tree has not yet collapsed. “Crushing the Collective” is in the end a powerful wake-up call for free people of character, conviction and courage to stand up against the collective madness and together restore America as the beacon of freedom it once was, and must be again.

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Army to test war ideas on video-game system


World War III has been fought millions of times already on video gaming systems.

Gamers blow up buildings, cities, countries and each other with weapons ranging from the traditional to fantasy.

Now the U.S. Army intends to take advantage of those computer technologies to improve its future performance in real fights, says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Army officials have announced the rollout of a gaming system called Operation Overmatch that will let soldiers test virtual versions of gear and operation concepts.

Lt. Col. Brian Vogt, who is with the U.S. Army’s Capabilities Integration Center, explained, “Gaming is not just for entertainment anymore, now it is for experimenting.”

He said the gaming allows soldiers to connect to a new concept, without the funding needed for actual development.

“This allows for improving ideas on future concepts. You can find things you like and don’t like,” he said.

“How you would use this gear? How would you be able to defeat the enemy in this scenario? You can shape ideas of what you think they should look like,” he said.

It’s the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Software Engineering Directorate’s Army Game Studio that is coordinating with Army Capabilities Integration Center on the idea.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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What happens to Secret Service run by political correctness

President Obama and Dan Bongino as a member of the president's Secret Service team

President Obama and Dan Bongino as a member of the president’s Secret Service team

There’s an open secret within the Secret Service: Management is giving jobs in one of the most important agencies in the world to unqualified candidates simply because of their minority status. This is according to former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino.

In his new book “Protecting the President: An Inside Account of the Troubled Secret Service in an Era of Evolving Threats,” Bongino explains the Secret Service uses tacit quotas to ensure it has a politically correct number of black, Hispanic and female agents on the staff.

No one within the organization ever talks about these informal quotas in polite company; but they are real, he insists. Bongino saw this up close as both a recruiter and a trainer of new agents.

“You get any Secret Service agent with any credibility off the record with no fear of repercussions and ask them the same question, they’ll tell you the same thing: They are pushing people through who are not qualified to protect the president,” Bongino declared during a recent appearance on NRA TV.


In his book, Bongino writes about a black agent friend of his who found the unofficial policy repulsive because other agents would always wonder if he was being promoted simply because he was black.

“This guy was eminently qualified,” Bongino insisted on NRA TV. “He was an unbelievable agent, one of the best of the best. I’m still friends with him to this day. I’d take a bullet for this guy, not just the president. He found this policy offensive because … his thing was, ‘I don’t get it. We’re protecting the president. This is about qualifications. This isn’t some social experiment here; we’re trying to keep the president alive,’ and I write about that guy in the book. He hated it more than anyone.”

Not only did the desire for diversity show up in hiring practices, but it extended to photographs as well.

Bongino recalled: “I remember specifically on trips and on Inauguration Day when there were going to be a lot of photographs of the president, there was always this quiet emphasis on, ‘We have to make sure the picture looks good. There has to be a woman. There has to be a Hispanic agent. There has to be a black agent. There has to be a white agent.’ I mean, it was just like, guys, are we protecting the president here, or seriously, is this some kind of … Venn diagram for social experimentation in ‘diversity,’ whatever that means on any given day?”

The irony, according to Bongino, is it would be easy to find more than enough competent black, Hispanic and female recruits to place in the Secret Service. But management doesn’t want to do the hard work of finding them.

“They rely on informal quotas and bonuses for people who bring in this many female agents or this many black or Hispanic agents,” Bongino explained. “It’s absurd. You could go to the military tomorrow and find 100, 200, 500 black, Hispanic and female military officers, Marines who could be Secret Service agents. They just don’t want to do the hard work. They’re just lazy, and that’s what these informal quotas are.”

What’s wrong with the Secret Service, how did it get this way and what can be done to fix it? Find out in Dan Bongino’s “Protecting the President,” available now at the WND Superstore.

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Bodycam shows cop saving grieving man from falling to death

( A city police officer saved a distraught man from falling to his death from an eighth-floor apartment Sunday morning.

The officer’s body camera was recording as the man dangled from a window in the Trent Center high-rise apartments on Greenwood Avenue.

The rookie officer, Freddy Jimenez, was there because the man’s wife had just died of natural causes, police said.

The distraught man went to another room and climbed out of a window and was hanging by his fingertips, police said. The apartments do not have balconies.

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Bounty hunters took wrong woman into custody at Walmart

(Columbus Ledger) After about four hours of deliberations late Thursday, a Muscogee County State Court jury returned a verdict of almost $1 million against a Columbus bail bonding company in a case of mistaken identity.

The jury awarded Jasmine Hayes $350,000 in compensatory damages and $600,000 in punitive damages against John F. Law, doing business as Ace Bonding Co., said Hayes’ attorney David Rayfield of Waldrep Mullin & Callahan LLC.

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