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Two-day remembrance begins with Islamic prayer service as family and famous friends are joined by more than 14,000 admirers

The casket carrying Muhammad Ali arrives for a prayer service at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The casket carrying Muhammad Ali arrives for a prayer service at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Dignitaries and celebrities, security services and admirers flooded into Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday to begin a memorial for the great boxer that was fit for a head of state.

The two-day remembrance began on Thursday with a traditional Islamic prayer service at the Freedom Hall arena. Before he died last week at 74, Ali himself had requested that the service be open to all. So alongside Ali’s famous friends such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, Don King and others, more than 14,000 admirers attended.

A black Cadillac hearse, with a police escort, brought Ali’s body to the service with his widow, children, and two ex-wives.

Muhammad Ali’s fourth wife Lonnie Ali , stands with Ali’s daughter Laila and a grandchild during the service.

Muhammad Ali’s fourth wife Lonnie Ali , stands with Ali’s daughter Laila and a grandchild during the service. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Imam Zaid Shakir, a leading US Muslim scholar, greeted the crowd with an introduction that encompassed Ali’s open worldview: “We welcome all of you here today. We welcome the Muslims, we welcome the members of other faith communities, we welcome the law enforcement community,” he said.

“We welcome our sisters, our elders, our youngsters. All were beloved to Muhammad Ali.”……..

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Judge in Stanford sexual assault case previously allowed athletes accused of gang-raping a student to show a civil case jury provocative photos of her

Santa Clara judge Aaron Persky drew criticism for his light sentencing of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner.

Santa Clara judge Aaron Persky drew criticism for his light sentencing of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. Photograph: Jason Doiy/AP

The judge in the Stanford sexual assault case allowed defendants accused of gang-raping a 17-year-old high school student to show the jury photographs of her wearing a revealing outfit when he presided over another controversial case involving college athletes.

Judge Aaron Persky, who is under fire for his lenient sentencing of Brock Turner, a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault, made several controversial rulings in a 2011 civil trial stemming from the alleged gang rape by members of the baseball team at De Anza Community College in Cupertino, California.

Among those rulings was the decision to allow the defense to display photographs that showed the alleged victim “nestling a shot glass full of liquor in her exposed cleavage,” as one local reporter described it. Another photo showed the victim making a sexually provocative gesture.

The judge allowed the images to be shown to the jury in the civil case after the defense argued that they would help prove that the young woman was not, as she claimed, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Did you have PTSD when you did the acts shown in these pictures?” one defense attorney asked the woman in court, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Barbara Spector, one of the attorneys for the alleged victim, who was known as Jane Doe, said that she felt at the time the images “were irrelevant”.

“The impact was very definitely prejudicial for Jane Doe and had a positive impact for the defendants on the jury,” she said……………

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