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Obama's uncle enters plea in drunken driving case

By Denise Lavoie
Associated Press / March 27, 2012
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—President Barack Obama's uncle has entered a plea to drunken driving charges in Massachusetts that acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.

Onyango Obama pleaded to what's known as sufficient facts at a hastily scheduled hearing Tuesday.

That means if the 67-year-old stays out of trouble for a year, the charge will be dismissed from his record.

Onyango Obama is the half-brother of the president's late father. He was arrested in Framingham in August after a police officer said he made a rolling stop at a stop sign and nearly caused his cruiser to crash into Obama's sport utility vehicle.

Obama, who is from Kenya, is currently appealing a deportation order and his lawyer says the drunken driving case shouldn't affect that process.

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