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Trial set for activist accused in Palm schools chief extortion case

Trial set for activist accused in Palm schools chief extortion case

The trial of a longtime community activist accused of trying to shake down nearly $1 million from former Palm Beach schools Superintendent Wayne Gent could begin as soon as Sept. 28. Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley this week rescheduled the trial for Clarence "Shahid" Freeman, 64, who was arrested in early 2013 after Gent wore a wire for an investigation by the Palm Beach County State Attorney's office. Ahead of the trial, the judge will hold a hearing about whether to allow jurors to learn about additional allegations lodged against Freeman in December that never resulted in criminal charges, prosecutor Marci Rex said. Freeman, who lives west of Boynton Beach, is battling two...

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