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Posted at 10:57 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Reporter pleads guilty to pot possession

By Clarence Williams and Keith L. Alexander

A CBS Radio News correspondent pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana last week, and was sentenced to probation, drug testing and a small fine, according to court documents and the U.S. attorney’s office.

Howard Arenstein, 60, reached an agreement with prosecutors and entered a guilty plea to a possession charge on Nov. 23.

Arenstein and his wife, Israeli newspaper journalist Orly Katz, 57, were arrested by D.C. police Oct. 1 after authorities received an anonymous tip that the couple were growing marijuana plants in the backyard of their Georgetown-area home, in the 3500 block of T Street NW.

The couple was initially charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. About two weeks ago, D.C. Magistrate Judge Kimberley S. Knowles dismissed drug possession charges against the couple, after a government witness did not show up at a hearing. However, Knowles said that prosecutors could still call the case in the future.

Arenstein has been ordered by Judge Harold Cushenberry to serve 90 days of probation, pay a $50 fine to the crime victim’s fund and to be drug tested, authorities and documents said. The case against his Katz has not moved forward so far, prosecutors said.

By Clarence Williams and Keith L. Alexander  | December 1, 2010; 10:57 PM ET
 
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Comments

Liberal white justice for whites caught with illegal drugs or sustance.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | December 2, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Just legalise it

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 2, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Arresting a 60 yr old ?!! for Pot?!! where are our priorities? !! Just legalize pot!!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 2, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

You know if these people were poor, they would be in jail. The law is the law, we can't choose to follow the laws we like and disregard the ones we don't!

Posted by: VoiceofReason77 | December 2, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Somebody pulled some strings for these drug dealers. The next time I hear some one criticize people in crime ridden neighborhoods for "not snitching", I'm going to remember this case. What is the point of participating in crime fighting when the justice system is so obviously biased and unfair?

Posted by: PepperDr | December 2, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

They had zero prior convictions and were not dealing. They got the same sentence anyone would get in that situation. Of course, if they had been busted repeatedly since they age of 10 for various violent acts of larceny, then yes they would have gotten more time.

Lieing does not save you from the lie. Ignorance may be bliss, but it sure don't save you from being ignorant.

Posted by: plugugly7 | December 2, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Plugugly7 - "they had zero prior convictions" ? Doesn't matter, they were in possession of, and GROWING this stuff.
It's NOT LEGAL and they should not be slapped on the wrist.
It would be great to see a story about a young BLACK or HISPANIC offender of the same situation, given the same slap on the wrist.... NOT !!

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | December 2, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I can tell you the young black boys/men that live on my block certainly never do any time over weed even they are arrested for it continually. They barely do any time for assault and murders either. But hey, keep lying to yourself if it makes you feel better.

And note DC has been black-run for thirty + years now, so if you think the laws are racist you can only blame other blacks.

Posted by: plugugly7 | December 2, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha...and our legal system shows its unbalanced approach yet again.

I say this as an upper crusty white guy myself, had the police found 7 mature, 8 foot tall plants growing in anyones back yard in SE DC, they would be in jail, not paying a 50 dollar fine. Let alone the half dozen bags they found in his house.

Posted by: Nosh1 | December 2, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Normal treatment for a petty crime, yes.

Folks our courts are over flowing with petty cases like this all day long. cops arrest folks on petty charges trying to roll them over to bigger fish in the game. This guy is a fool because apparently a neighbor that could see his small backyard realized the plant and snitched.

There are plenty of professionals that smoke marijuana and grow the stuff in the DC area. However, let me tell you, if you grow it you do more than keep it to smoke yourself. I lived in Western PA. Well, quite a few folks in Western PA harvested small patches of weed too. not farming kids, not downtown city slick urban kids either. These were small town, one plant/mill, western PA kids. Let me tell ya, when you can go home and come back to campus with a shoe box full every weekend or so that you get from your momma, uncle, etc. that ain't medicinal nor purely recreational. You "share" it. You "share" small quantities to your KNOWN friends at or near market price. They are not open market traffickers/dealers looking for big deals, but it's nice pocket change. They supply folks and they tend to have pretty good parties too. don't know how many plants this guy had, but I am sure he gladly paid the $50.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 2, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

comments show that racism and stupidity know no color

Posted by: mloaks | December 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you the young black boys/men that live on my block certainly never do any time over weed even they are arrested for it continually. They barely do any time for assault and murders either. But hey, keep lying to yourself if it makes you feel better.

And note DC has been black-run for thirty + years now, so if you think the laws are racist you can only blame other blacks.

Posted by: plugugly7 | December 2, 2010 12:07 PM

Your comment is ignorant within itself. Have you been through the legal system in DC with a weed charge? No you say? Well....I have and can tell you it's B.S.

Realistcally (sp?), for having multiple plants and some bagged up, they would still be hit with the Possesion w/ intent to distribute charge. Which us a Felony. They would also get $100 fine to be paid to the victims fund. 40 hours of community service. A 90 or 180 Day sentence, all suspended. And one year of supervised probation, with drug testing.

And people 'barely' do time for murders? If someone is convicted of 1st degree murder, that's 30 years. How is that barely.

NOw, if you were talking manslaughter, that's different. 5-10 years.

And if you have ever been to the DC Courts, you would know that's one of MANY things in DC that Black Folk don't run.....STAMPED....

And please don't lie to yourself about Blacks and who is really running DC.....I thought that answer has been transparrent since Anthony Williams took over and started the Gentrification Process and Fenty took the baton from him to keep advancing it......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Waste of tax payers time and resource for these bs pot bust. Waste of court time and police man hours

Posted by: agarnett1000 | December 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

It's usually wise to be on good terms with your neighbors.

Posted by: kinkysr | December 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"Georgetown-area?" Grrr...

That's a full three blocks, long blocks, above Reservoir -- and thereby 100% Burleith.

Under this analysis, GW Univesity is also Georgetown-area despite being 100% Foggy Bottom.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | December 2, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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