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  April 23, 2017 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW is proud to announce that Mr. Balarezo has once again been named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers Magazine for 2017.  Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes distinguished attorneys in their legal practice. Only five percent of lawyers in Washington, DC are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers Magazine to receive the honor.

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   February 2, 2017 (Washington, DC) - Armando Guzmán  of Mexico’s TV Azteca, interviewed Mr. Balarezo concerning the extradition of Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán

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See TV Azteca Interview (in Spanish)


  October 1, 2016 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW is pleased to announce that it has moved its Washington, DC offices to:

     400 Seventh Street, NW
     Suite 306
     Washington, DC  20004

Our other contact information remains the same.


  August 29, 2016 (Washington, DC) - the Washington Post reported on and quoted Mr. Balarezo in an article concerning a a very favorable plea agreement for a client.

See Washington Post Article


  March 4, 2016 (Baltimore, MD) - A federal judge today sentenced Mr. Balarezo’s client to a term of 48 months in prison.  Mr. Balarezo previously tried the case to a jury, which was unable to reach a verdict.  After the mistrial, Mr. Balarezo successfully negotiated a binding plea to the 48 month term even though the Federal Sentencing Guidelines called for a term of 151 - 188 months.


  January 14, 2016 (Washington, DC) - Armando Guzmán  of Mexico’s TV Azteca, interviewed Mr. Balarezo concerning the possible extradition of Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán.

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See TV Azteca Interview (in Spanish)


  January 11, 2016 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared on Colombia’s RCN TV for an interview concerning the capture of Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán in Mexico.

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  January 11, 2016 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared live on CNN en Español’s “Directo Desde EE. UU.” for an interview concerning the capture of Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán in Mexico.

See CNN interview (in Spanish)

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  December 2015 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW wishes all our friends and clients a Happy Holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!


  December 1, 2015 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW is proud to announce that Mr. Balarezo has once again been named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers Magazine for 2016.  Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes distinguished attorneys in their legal practice. Only five percent of lawyers in Washington, DC are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers Magazine to receive the honor.

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  June 23, 2015 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared today on “Noticias MundoFox" for an interview concerning the recent sentence reduction for Mexican drug lord Francisco Arellano Félix from life in prison to 23 years based on his extensive cooperation with law enforcement.  Arellano Félix  formerly headed Mexico's Tijuana Cartel and after his capture cooperated against many former associates, including his own brother Benjamin.

 

 June 9, 2015 - Mr. Balarezo was quoted in an article by Insightcrime.org concerning an elderly client diagnozed with Alzheimer’s. 

See "Alzheimer’s May Get Guatemala Trafficker Out of Prison" (June 9, 2015, InSightCrime.org) 

 

May 28, 2015 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared on Colombia’s RCN TV for an interview concerning the indictment and arrest of high-level FIFA officials in Switzerland.

See Interview with RCN TV - Colombia (in Spanish) (@ 7:05 a.m. time marker)

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   May 28, 2015 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared as a panelist on CNN en Español’s “Choque de Opiniones” to debate the recent indictment and arrest of high-level FIFA officials in Switzerland.

See “Choque de Opiniones” (in Spanish)

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  May 19, 2015 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared live on CNN en Español’s “Directo Desde EE. UU.” for an interview concerning a Department of Justice investigation  of high-level Venezuelan government officials alleged to be involved in narcotics trafficking.

See CNN Interview (in Spanish)

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   May 1, 2015 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW is proud to announce that Mr. Balarezo has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers Magazine for 2015.  Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes distinguished attorneys in their legal practice. Only five percent of lawyers in Washington, DC are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers Magazine to receive the honor.

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  December 24, 2014 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW wishes everyone a happy holiday season and a healthy and successful 2015!



  December 22, 2014 (Washington, DC) - The Washington Post quoted Mr. Balarezo in an article concerning a client whose case was impacted by the alleged evidence tampering of an FBI agent.  Mr. Balarezo was able to withdraw the client’s prior plea to 9-11 years (under another attorney who previously represented the client) and successfully negotiated a much favorable plea resulting in a sentence of 6 years.

 See Washington Post article


  December 2, 2014 (Washington, DC) - The Washington   Post quoted Mr. Balarezo in another article about the FBI’s lax evidence-handling procedures in a federal narcotics conspiracy prosecution jeopardized by an FBI agent’s alleged tampering with drug and firearms evidence.

 See Washington Post article


 December 1, 2014 (Washington, DC) - the National Law Journal and the Washington Times quoted Mr. Balarezo’s filing in articles concerning the FBI’s lax evidence-handling procedures in a federal narcotics conspiracy prosecution jeopardized by an FBI agent’s alleged tampering with drug and firearms evidence.

 See National Law Journal article

 See Washington Times article


 November 24, 2014 (Washington, DC) - The National Law Journal quoted Mr. Balarezo in an article concerning the most recent FBI scandal involving an agent’s tampering with drug and firearms evidence that resulted in the dismissal of many criminal cases.

 See National Law Journal article


 September 12, 2014 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared today on Colombia’s “Noticias Caracol” for an interview concerning the botched extradition of an innocent carpenter from Colombia.  Based on information provided by a confidential informant, the United States sought the carpenter’s extradition for money laundering.  Relying on the United State’s “evidence,” the Colombian Supreme Court and President approved the extradition.  The United States later withdrew the request citing an unspecified “error.”  

 See Noticias Caracol interview (in Spanish)

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  September 8, 2014 (Washington, DC) - Chief Judge Roberts and the District Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia selected Mr. Balarezo to serve on the Merit Selection Panel that will assist the Court in filling a magistrate judge vacancy.  Mr. Balarezo is honored and privileged to serve.


  July 29, 2014 (Washington, DC) - The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated the conviction of Lonnell Glover (No. 10-3075) because the District Court admitted evidence at trial obtained pursuant to a facially insufficient warrant.  

Mr. Balarezo represented Glover in a federal PCP conspiracy case in which Mr. Balarezo challenged the validity of a “truck bug,” a listening device installed on Glover’s truck.  In addition to Fourth Amendment grounds, Mr. Balarezo challenged the truck bug on Fed. R. Crim. P. 41 grounds — that the judge had authorized placement of the bug outside her jurisdiction.  The trial judge denied the motion and Glover was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.  

As a result of the violation, the Court of Appeals vacated Glover’s conviction and remanded the case to the District Court.


  July 1, 2014 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared on Colombia’s “Noticias Caracol” for an interview concerning the extradition to the United States of 7 Colombian nationals to face charges for the murder in Bogota of DEA agent Terry Watson. 

 See Noticias Caracol interview (in Spanish)

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  June 25, 2014 (Washington, DC) - The Supreme Court unanimously held that police must obtain a search warrant before searching a cell phone pursuant to arrest. 

 Read opinion in Riley v. California

 Listen to oral arguments in Riley (link to oyez.org)


  March 21, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) - A federal judge today sentenced Mr. Balarezo’s client to 87 months for his participation in a narcotics trafficking conspiracy that involved the trafficking of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia.  The federal sentencing guidelines called for a sentencing range of 135 - 168 months and the government requested a sentence of 125 - 136 months.  The sentence did not involve cooperation.


  March 20, 2014 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared on “Noticias MundoFox” for an interview concerning the possible extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, presumed head of the Sinaloa Cartel and believed to be the world’s most powerful narcotrafficker.

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  February 25, 2014 (Baltimore, MD) - A federal judge today sentenced Mr. Balarezo’s client to 15 months pursuant to a non-cooperation plea agreement for participating in a conspiracy that passed hundreds of thousands of dollars in counterfit currency.  The federal sentencing guidelines called for a sentencing range of 27 - 33 months


 February 24, 2014 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared live on CNN en Español’s “Directo Desde EE. UU.” for an interview concerning the recent capture in Mexico of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, presumed head of the Sinaloa Cartel and believed to be the world’s most powerful narcotrafficker.

 See CNN Interview (in Spanish)

 See English translation of interview

  


  December 16, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Judge Richard J. Leon, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled today that plaintiffs seeking an injunction against the NSA’s bulk data collection program had a substantial likelihood of success on the merits and that the NSA program was likely unconstitutional.  

 See Judge Leon’s Opinion


  November 8, 2013 (Washington, DC) - The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today reversed the conviction of Lonnell Glover because the District Court admitted evidence at trial obtained pursuant to a facially insufficient warrant.  

Mr. Balarezo represented Glover in a federal PCP conspiracy case in which Mr. Balarezo challenged the validity of a “truck bug,” a listening device installed on Glover’s truck.  In addition to Fourth Amendment grounds, Mr. Balarezo challenged the truck bug on Fed. R. Crim. P. 41 grounds — that the judge had authorized placement of the bug outside her jurisdiction.  The trial judge denied the motion and Glover was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.  

From the truck bug in the PCP case, the government obtained evidence that Glover was involved in a separate cocaine conspiracy, leading to the prosecution and conviction at issue before the DC Circuit.    The  DC Circuit reversed the conviction in the cocaine conspiracy case based on Mr. Balarezo’s challenge to the truck bug in the PCP conspiracy case.  The District Judge in the cocaine conspiracy case had ruled that she would abide by the evidentiary rulings of the District Judge in the PCP conspiracy case.

Because the bulk of the evidence in the PCP conspiracy case derived from the truck bug, that conviction is also expected to be reversed.

 See Glover Opinion


  October 28, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Rapper Chris Brown (Breezy) was charged today with misdemeanor assault resulting from a fight outside a DC hotel over the weekend.  Brown’s bodyguard was also charged.  The charge carries a maximum sentence of 180 days and/or a $1000 fine.  Brown is currently on probation in California for a 2009 felony domestic violence assault involving singer Rihanna.

 See charging documents


  October 24, 2013 (Washington, DC) - A Federal judge today sentenced Mr. Balarezo’s client to 12 months and 1 day pursuant to a non-cooperation plea agreement.  The client was arrested after distributing a half kilo of cocaine to an undercover officer.


  August 11, 2013 (San Francisco, CA) - U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler is honored by the ABA Committee on Women in the Profession with the 2013 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.  Congratulations Judge Kessler!

  See Judge Kessler's acceptance speech  


 August 8, 2013 (Miami, FL) - Eye-opening article about prosecutorial misconduct and the lack of consequences.

  See Serial Offender:  Miami Fed. Prosecutor Called on Misconduct in Drug Cases, Stop the War on Drugs.org (Aug. 8, 2013)


  August 7, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared live on CNN en Español’s “Directo Desde EE. UU.” for an interview concerning the NSA/DEA extrajudicial surveillance programs.

  See CNN Interview 

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  DEA Special Operations Division Covers Up Surveillance Used to Investigate Americans; Report (Huffington Post/Reuters, August 6, 2013)


  August 5, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo's client was sentenced to 25 years after a federal jury convicted client at trial of involvement in a large-scale international narcotics conspiracy involving thousands of kilos of cocaine. The sentence was below the Federal Guideline Sentencing Range of 30 years to life and well below the government's recommended sentence of 71 to 93 years.

  This case presented disturbing evidence of the government's pattern and practice of withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense and of the DEA's complicity in narcotics trafficking by its main cooperating witness even while he was working for the DEA.  Mr. Balarezo has already noticed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


  August 5, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared on Colombia's RCN TV for an interview concerning the sentencing of a client.

 See interview with RCN - TV Colombia


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  July 19, 2013 (Alexandria, VA) - Mr. Balarezo appeared on Colombia’s RCN TV for an interview concerning the murder of DEA Agent Terry Watson in Bogota, Colombia.

  See interview with RCN - TV Colombia (in Spanish)


  May 13, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), in which the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that under the 14th Amendment's due process clause, prosecutors are obligated to disclose all exculpatory evidence to criminal defendants. 

  Unfortunately, prosecutors regularly and routinely violate Brady with impunity because there is no downside to a violation.  If a prosecutor fails to abide by Brady and the violation is not discovered, then the prosecutor most likely gained a conviction and lost nothing.  If the violation is discovered post-conviction, the burden is then on the defendant to show that had the evidence been introduced at trial, the result would have been different.  At best, that gets the defendant a new trial and the prosecutor a second crack at conviction.     

Listen to the oral arguments in Brady (link to Oyez.org)

  The Untouchables:  America's Misbehaving Prosecutors, And the System That Protects Them (Huffington Post, August 5, 2013)

  Brady v. Maryland Turns 50, But Defense Attorneys Aren't Celebrating (Huffington Post, May 13, 2013)


  April 16, 2013 (Washington, DC) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 today that police must obtain a search warrant before ordering blood tests for drunk driving suspects.  Justice Thomas dissented.  The case is Missouri v. McNeely, 11-1425.

Listen to the oral arguments in McNeely (link to Oyez. org) 


  March 26, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Affirming the Florida Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that police cannot bring drug-sniffing dogs onto a suspect's property to look for evidence without first getting a warrant for a search, a decision that may limit how the use dogs' sensitive noses to search out drugs, explosives and other items hidden from human sight, sound and smell.  Justice Scalia was joined in his opinion by Justices Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan.  The case is Florida v. Jardines, 11-564.

Listen to the oral arguments in Jardines (link to Oyez.org)


  March 18, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), in which the Court unanimously ruled that state courts are required under the Fourteenth Amendment to provide counsel in criminal cases for defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys.

Listen to the oral arguments in Gideon (link to Oyez.org).

Gideon petition for certiorari

Clarence Gideon's handwritten petition for a writ of certiorari.

 March 5, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Today Mr. Balarezo received this message from a grateful client: 

"Again, I thank you for all your assistance! You have been nothing short of excellent. A very caring guy that works effortlessly to ensure your clients receive the service they deserve. I appreciate all you have done for my family and I will definitely be in touch."


  March 4, 2013 (Washington, DC) - A federal judge has declared a mistrial in United States v. Antoine Jones.  Jones' first trial also ended in a hung jury.  He was convicted and sentenced to life after a second trial.  However, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed the conviction as a result of the government's warrantless use of a GPS device to track Jones' movements over a period of 30 days.  The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the D.C. Circuit and remanded for a new (third) trial.  Mr. Balarezo represented Jones during his first two trials and until recently, when he withdrew from the case as a result of a conflict with Jones.  Although the court appointed new counsel for Jones, Jones decided to represent himself and proceeded to trial yet again.  According to sources, Jones made effective and extensive use of Mr. Balarezo's prior cross-examinations of government witnesses during the most recent trial.  The jury was deadlocked 6-6.

  Judge Declares Mistrial at Center of Landmark Supreme Court Ruling, the BLT: Blog of the Legal Times, March 4, 2013 (mentioning Mr. Balarezo)


  December 31, 2012 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW wishes you and your families a Happy New Year!


  December 25, 2012 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW wishes you and your families a happy holiday season and a healthy and successful 2013!

   Happy Holidays 2012!


  November 30, 2012 (Washington, DC) - The government dismissed two counts of murder against Mr. Balarezo's client.


  September 6, 2012 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo secured the dismissal of charges against a client indicted in an international cocaine trafficking conspiracy.  The dismissal was as a result of the government's violation of the client's speedy trial rights.


  August 8, 2012 (Baltimore, MD) - Mr. Balarezo secured a Rule 11(c)(1)(C) sentence of 15 years for a client charged in a large scale cocaine distribution ring.  The client would have been considered a career offender under the guidelines, which called for a much higher sentence.


  June 18, 2012 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared live on CNN en Español’s “DirectoUSA.” for an interview concerning an international narcotics conspiracy involving a high level Colombian official.

    See CNN Interview



  June 18, 2012 (Alexandria, VA) - Mr. Balarezo appeared on Colombia’s RCN TV for an interview concerning an international narcotics conspiracy involving a high level Colombian official.

   See Interview with RCN - TV Colombia (in Spanish)


  April 20, 2012 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW now accepts credit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).


  March 30, 2012 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo filed a motion to suppress the government’s use at trial of historical cell site data in United States v. JonesMr. Jones’ conviction after a retrial was reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  The Supreme Court affirmed as a result of the government’s illegal use of a GPS device to track Mr. Jones’ movements.  

   Lacking GPS Data, Prosecutors Turn to Cell Site Information, The BLT: the Blog of the Legal Times, March 30, 2012 (quoting Mr. Balarezo)


  March 2, 2012 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared in court today with Antoine Jones, a client whose conviction was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court as the result of the government’s illegal use of GPS technology to track Mr. Jones’ movements. 

  DOJ Presses on With Third Trial in Landmark GPS Case, The BLT: the Blog of the Legal Times, March 2, 2012 (quoting Mr. Balarezo)


  January 23, 2012 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo represented Antoine Jones at his initial trial and retrial, where Mr. Balarezo challenged the government’s use of a GPS tracking device to follow Mr. Jones’ movements 24 hours a day for a month.  The trial court denied Mr. Balarezo’s motion and ruled that the government did not need a warrant.  The GPS evidence was a significant factor in Mr. Jones’ conviction.  However, The Supreme Court of the United States in United States v. Jones unanimously ruled that the warrantless use of GPS devices to track suspects is unconstitutional.  Thus, the Supreme Court vindicated Mr. Balarezo’s arguments, which he preserved on Mr. Jones’ behalf.

   United States v. Jones (Supreme Court opinion).pdf

   Supreme Court:  Warrants Needed in GPS Tracking, The Washington Post, January 23, 2012 (quoting Mr. Balarezo)

   Justices Say GPS Tracker Violated Privacy Rights, the New York Times, January 23, 2012

Listen to the oral arguments in Jones (Link to Oyez.org)


  January 5, 2012 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo secured a very favorable plea agreement and 26 month sentence for a client charged with a violent sexual assault.


  December 25, 2011 (Washington, DC) - BALAREZO LAW wishes all our clients and friends a happy holiday season and a prosperous and healthy 2012!

   Happy Holidays 2011.pdf


  December 7, 2011 (Houston, TX) - Mr. Balarezo was sworn in as a member of the Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.


  October 17, 2011 (Washington, DC) - A. Eduardo Balarezo is pleased to announce that the Law Office of A. Eduardo Balarezo is now:

BALAREZO LAW
CRIMINAL DEFENSE

    Please note BALAREZO LAW’s new contact information on the Contact Tab or:

BALAREZO LAW
CRIMINAL DEFENSE
400 Fifth Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC  20001
Tel:  202-639-0999
Fax:  202-639-0899
E-mail: info@balarezolaw.com
Web:  www.balarezolaw.com 


  September 30, 2011 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo’s secured a very favorable sentence of 12 years for a Colombian national alleged to have trafficked over 9 tons of cocaine to the United States.  The sentence was pursuant to a non-cooperation plea agreement.


   June 13, 2011 (Greensboro, North Carolina) - Mr. Balarezo secured a very favorable sentence for a Mexican national charged in a large-scale cocaine trafficking organization operating out of North Carolina, a major trans-shipment hub for cocaine on the East Coast.


 February 10, 2011 (Washington, DC) - Mr. Balarezo appeared live on CNN en Español’s “Directo Desde EE. UU.”  to discuss the dismissal with prejudice of federal charges against a client charged in a high-profile international narcotics conspiracy.

  See CNN interview 

  


  August 28, 2009 (washington, DC) - Federal Judge Dismisses Ye Gon Case with Prejudice, The BLT: Blog of the Legal Times, August 28, 2009 (quoting Mr. Balarezo)


  June 22,2009 (Washington, DC) - Stevens Judge Blasts Justice Department in Drug Case, USA Today, June 22, 2009 (quoting Mr. Balarezo)


  April 16, 2009 (Washngton, DC) - Witness Murder Trial Case Headed to Jury in Baltimore, The Daily Record, April 16, 2009 (mentioning Mr. Balarezo)


  August 20, 2008 (Washington, DC) -  Case Dropped After Inmate Waits 4 Years for Trial, The Washington Times, August 20, 2008 (quoting Mr. Balarezo)


  July 24, 2008 (Washington, DC - Drug Trafficking Suspect Released After Acquittal, The Washington Times, July 24, 2008 (quoting Mr. Balarezo)


  March 16, 2007 (Washington, DC) - The Facts in a Criminal Case, The Washington Post, March 16, 2007 (letter to the editor by Mr. Balarezo)

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