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Judge Orders Man Who Defaced L.G.B.T. Pride Mural to Write Essay on Pulse Shooting

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A man who admitted to defacing an L.G.B.T.Q. pride mural in South Florida has been ordered by a judge to write a 25-page essay about the Pulse nightclub shooting, an unorthodox assignment that surprised local rights activists.

Judge Scott Suskauer of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida last week ordered Alexander Jerich, 20, to write an essay about the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub, where a gunman killed 49 people in Orlando in 2016.

The essay is due by Mr. Jerich’s final sentencing date, which is set for early June and coincides with Pride month. Mr. Jerich’s lawyer, Robert Pasch, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

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