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Illinois man convicted in noose attack ordered to write essay on lynching

Matthew Herrmann was sentenced to researching and explaining the history of lynching in America. Herrmann plead guilty to battery charges after he and two friends placed a noose around the neck of an African American teenager. 

A Cook County judge ordered man to write essay on the history of lynching in the US.
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In an unusual court ruling, Judge James Linn of Cook County, tacked homework onto a probation sentence.

Matthew Hermann, one of three teenagers accused of putting a noose around the neck of a 17-year-old African American student and shouting racial slurs at him, pleaded guilty in October to a misdemeanor battery charge. On Wednesday Hermann was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to write an essay on the history of lynching in America.

"They didn't give me a word count," Hermann told reporters from the Chicago Tribune. "I guess I'll just do a three-page, average paper that I would do for school." Hermann is philosophy major at Moraine Valley Community College.


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