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After high-profile verdict, Minnesota prosecutor takes leave

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than a week after his office got a murder conviction in the high-profile case of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he’s taking a medical leave.

After a physical exam, his doctor and others suggested he needs time away from the high stress of running the office in order to restore his physical well-being. His leave will last several weeks, Freeman said in a statement issued Friday.

Freeman says he expects to return “stronger and sharper.”

Last week, Hennepin County jurors convicted Mohamed Noor of murder in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who had called 911 to report a possible crime. The case garnered international attention.

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