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Giuliani's daughter escapes trial

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's daughter Caroline is likely to get her shoplifting case dismissed with a day of community service after a judge accepted an offer to resolve it.

The case against the 21-year-old accused of taking about 100 dollars (£65.14) of makeup from an upmarket shop - was adjourned pending dismissal following a prosecution request.

It will be closed and sealed if Giuliani completes the volunteer work and does not have any more brushes with the law for six months.

"Stay out of trouble and avoid rearrest," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Jennifer Schecter told Giuliani, a Harvard University student.

Giuliani did not speak in court and ignored questions as she, mother Donna Hanover and others waded through a media pack to a waiting vehicle. Her father was not there.

The Manhattan district attorney's office said the resolution of her case was standard policy for first-time, low-value shoplifting arrests - not a special deal for the daughter of the former federal prosecutor turned law-and-order mayor and Republican presidential candidate, who made cracking down on petty crime a centrepiece of his tenure at City Hall.

He viewed "zero tolerance" for low-level offences as the key to lowering crime rates and improving New Yorkers' quality of life.

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