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In tweeted picture, NBC News mistakes Supreme Court nominee for man charged with murder

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Merrick Garland is President Obama’s nominee to serve as the replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. He looks like this:

Robert Durst is a real estate heir who’s one of the creepiest fellows going. A New Orleans judge just approved a more than seven-year sentence for Durst on a weapons charge, but the 73-year-old faces a more fraught case in California, where he has been charged with “killing his friend Susan Berman in 2000 to keep her from talking to New York prosecutors about the disappearance of Durst’s first wife in 1982,” as the Associated Press puts it. Durst looks like this:

NBC News promoted a story on Durst’s sentence this way:

That NBC News tweet appears to have been deleted. Twitter is sure to needle NBC News for the confusion, and it has already begun such work:

Yet, really: This is both a really embarrassing and really innocuous mistake involving two people at utter opposite poles of the criminal justice system. NBC News cleared it up moments after the screw-up:

Textbook.

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