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Former Mich. bank robber sworn in as lawyer — by same judge who sent him to prison

Twenty years ago, Robert VanSumeren, then 19, stood nervously in a Michigan courtroom as Hillsdale County Circuit Court Judge Michael Smith sentenced him to six years in prison for a string of local robberies. "I was terrified. I thought my life was finished," he said. "I felt really lost and wondered how I'd ever get through ...

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