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Exile is not a punishment sanctioned in American jurisprudence. Not even in California. And so that state’s 4th District Court of Appeal has reversed Orange County Superior Court Judge Pamela Iles’ order to a domestic violence suspect to hit the road and never come back. Iles signed off on a 2002 plea bargain that postponed Abbas Alhusainy’s sentencing if he left California and never returned. In accordance with the pact, Alhusainy was a no-show at his sentencing, and Iles issued a bench warrant-serviceable only in California-and set bail at $100,000. Earlier this year, Alhusainy returned to California and was arrested on the bench warrant. His defender-with the support of prosecutors-tried to work out a light sentence, but was rebuked by Iles, who imposed four years in prison. The 4th District didn’t find much to like about any of it. Banishment is unconstitutional for one thing, it said, and the deal required Alhusainy to commit the felony of fleeing the state to avoid sentencing. “It should not be necessary to state that the obligation of a judge is to uphold the law, not to facilitate or sanction the commission of another crime in disposing of a charged crime,” the court ruled. -The Recorder Not a nice man In the search for Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll, who was released in March after being held hostage for 82 days in Iraq, there were leads, there were bad leads, and then there were frauds. Liberia-born Kelvin Kamara has indicated in documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that he will plead guilty to an attempt to extract a ransom from the newspaper in exchange for Carroll’s release. According to court documents, the alleged fraud began five weeks after Carroll was kidnapped in January in a Baghdad neighborhood, when the paper received a cryptic e-mail. “I can give you informations [sic] to secure the release of jill carroll, I am mujaheeden and I can give every information that can lead to securing her release,” the message said. A subsequent e-mail said Carroll was about to be taken to a camp in Syria “where she will undoubtedly be executed . . . you can raise two million dollars or else jill is likely to become history.” The FBI soon discovered that the author of the e-mails was not in Iraq but in Germany and was using software similar to that used in the Nigerian advance-fee scams. U.S. and German authorities were able to locate Kamara in M�nster, Germany. He was arrested in March and extradited to the United States. -Legal Times Hence. ‘dope’ Aaron Janssen apparently made it way too easy for police. Janssen, 36, was arrested on marijuana charges after he was spotted taking a leisurely stroll through downtown Des Moines, Iowa, carrying his pot harvest. Polk County Chief Deputy Mark Burdock did a double take when he looked out his office window at the county jail and saw Janssen walking down the sidewalk with the stalks. “He was carrying it like you’d carry a bundle of presents. It was tall enough where he was looking over the top of them, and he’s just walking like nothing’s going on,” Burdock said. Burdock went outside and yelled at Janssen, who walked right over to him, still carrying the plants. Janssen said the plants were part of his marijuana crop grown near the Des Moines River. “He didn’t seem intoxicated or anything of that nature,” Burdock said. “He was just kind of proud of his grow.” -Associated Press

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