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Playing the Race Card (and the John Edwards Card)

Ex-New York Times movie critic Elvis Mitchell was caught crossing the Canadian border near Detroit with 15 Cuban cigars and $12,000 in cash. (Anything above $10,000 has to be declared.) Mitchell’s response:

But he told Page Six yesterday he “grabbed the wrong box” from his apartment. “I have a fear of banks, so I keep cash in my house and I grabbed the wrong box,” Mitchell said. “I took it into the country and out. The cigars, well I should have smoked them before I left,” he laughed.
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“Apparently a black man with dreads can’t carry that much cash, but I think there are a few worse things to be embarrassed about. I haven’t cheated on my wife like some in the news,” Mitchell said.

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