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a man looking at the camera: Bobby Paul Edwards in an undated photo provided by the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina. J. Reuben Long Detention Center via AP

  • In 2019, Bobby Paul Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in prison for enslaving an employee.
  • Edwards coerced John Christopher Smith into working 100 hours a week without pay.
  • An appellate court recently ruled that Smith is entitled to $546,000 in restitution.

A man with an intellectual disability who was enslaved by a restaurant owner in South Carolina for five years should be awarded $546,000, a court ruled.

In 2019, Bobby Paul Edwards, who owned the J&J Cafeteria in Conway, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to one count of forced labor for “coercing an African-American man with an intellectual disability to work extensive hours at a restaurant for no pay,” and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the Justice Department said in a press release at the time.

As part of the settlement, Edwards was also ordered to pay John Christopher Smith $273,000 in unpaid wages and overtime compensation.

Edwards forced Smith to work over 100 hours a week without pay. He would also beat him with a belt, fists, and pots and pans, the press release said.

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On April 21, the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that Smith was entitled to double that amount, which would be $546,000.

The court said the district court did not properly account for federal labor laws when it made the decision on compensation.

“Minimum wages and overtime compensation must be paid on a current basis as work is done, such that an employee receives the prescribed compensation without delay. When an employer fails to pay those amounts, the employee suffers losses, which includes the loss of the use of that money during the period of delay,” the court said in its filing.

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The football game that took place on Thanksgiving Day between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants set a record. It was the most-watched NFL regular-season game on network television in NFL history.

The Cowboys defeated the Giants with a 28-20 victory.

Besides just the usual tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving, there are other reasons why this game was so popular.

First, the Cowboys and Giants are popular teams whose cities hold the No.1 and No. 5 media markets in the U.S.

The game also showed two 7-3 teams visibly in the playoff possibilities. The Giants are in the first year of rebuilding under general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll. However, they started the season off surprisingly and have won games against division leaders, the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.

At the same, the Cowboys are doing well, being said to have the No. 1 scoring defense. Linebacker Micah Parsons is leading with 12 sacks himself.

The game was close until the fourth quarter.

At halftime, the Giants were beating the Cowboys 13-7. But, the Cowboys came back with three consecutive second-half touchdowns which put the score at 28-13. The Giants touchdown with eight seconds ended the scoring.

Neither team will play again until Sunday, December 4. The Giants will play the Washington Commanders, and the Cowboys will play the Indiana Colts.



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Parents from South Carolina have been taken into custody after leaving their 2-year-old child at home alone as they went to New York, the Charleston Police Department said.

Authorities say that on November 17, close to 2 p.m., they arrived to a residence after receiving information about a toddler being by themselves in an apartment.

Court documents show that someone told police that the child’s father sent a text message indicating that he was in New York for business purposes.

Because the apartment complex couldn’t reach anyone inside of the apartment, they conducted an emergency walk-through.

Records state that a child was discovered asleep on a bed in the living room.

Authorities stated that the child woke up and wanted his empty water bottle. Besides a dirty pamper, the toddler was in good condition and was transported to a hospital through a foster care provider.

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Police say that they attempted to contact the father and mother but were unable to do so.

Later, 24-year-old Donald Gekonge, the father of the child, reached out to the complex and talked to police. He reportedly told them that he had left at 6 a.m. that morning, and he was “only a few states away.”

Eventually, he stated that he was in New York for business, and he was unaware of who was caring for his toddler. However, he believed that it was the mother of the child, Darline Aldrich.

Then, later on, Gekonge’s story evolved even more. He admitted that Aldrich was in New York, as well, for an emergency.

Gekonge and Aldrich were apprehended on charges of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Gekonge’s bond was set at $50,000, and Aldrich’s bond was placed at $75,000.



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