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panzermk2wife
08-24-2006, 01:44 AM
Former NBA Player Baxter Gets 2 Months in Jail for Carrying Gun Near White House
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Former NBA player Lonny Baxter was sentenced Wednesday to two months in jail after pleading guilty to charges of carrying a gun a few blocks from the White House.

Baxter, who played with the Charlotte Bobcats last season, has been in jail since his arrest on Aug. 16, when uniformed Secret Service officers responded to reports of shots being fired from a white sport utility vehicle.

Officers found a gun and spent shell casings in the SUV that Baxter was driving. Baxter, 27, and his passenger, Irvin Martin, 35, were charged with carrying a handgun without a license and other firearms charges.

Baxter, who appeared Wednesday before District of Columbia Superior Court judge Craig Iscoe, apologized for the "careless, stupid, selfish act that I committed."

Iscoe sentenced the former University of Maryland star to 270 days in jail, then suspended all but 60 days. Baxter also was fined $2,000 and put on probation for 18 months.

Iscoe said he imposed the jail sentence because of Baxter's previous firearms charge. In July 2004, Baxter was arrested at his condominium on Connecticut Avenue NW after his shotgun went off and a bullet shattered a neighbor's window across the street. No one was injured.

Baxter had been scheduled to play basketball this fall with Montepaschi Siena, a pro team in Italy. But that could be in jeopardy.

Several hours before Baxter was sentenced, Siena general manager Ferdinando Minucci said: "If (Baxter) arrives soon there won't be any problems. But if he can't come for a month or two, we can't wait that long. The season starts in October."

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Ghost-Hunting Teen Shot Near Spooky House
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Associated Press

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — A teenager out looking for ghosts with friends was shot in the head and critically wounded near a house considered spooky by local teens, police said Wednesday.

A man who lives in the house, Allen S. Davis, 40, was charged in the shooting and told reporters from jail Wednesday that he was trying to drive off trespassers and did not intend to hurt the teen girls, whom he called juvenile delinquents.

He said he fired his rifle out his bedroom window Tuesday night after hearing voices outside the home, which is across the street from a cemetery and blocked from view by overgrown trees and shrubbery.

"I didn't know what their weaponry was, what their intentions were," he said. "In a situation like that, you assume the worst-case scenario if you're going to protect your family from a possible home invasion and murder."

The 17-year-old girl, Rachel Barezinsky, and two of her friends got out of their car parked near the home about 10 p.m. and took a few steps on the property, police Lt. Doug Francis said. They jumped back in when a girl in the car sounded the horn, and they heard what they thought were firecrackers as they drove away.

The girls — all students at a suburban Columbus high school— drove around the block, and Barezinsky was struck while sitting in the car as they passed the house again and heard a second round of what turned out to be gunshots, Francis said.

Barezinsky, who also was struck in the shoulder, was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center in critical condition, police said. The hospital would not provide an update on her condition Wednesday.

Davis, a self-employed nonfiction writer, said he had prepared the rifle after numerous previous instances of trespassing but he did not know until Wednesday that teens considered his house haunted. Police should charge the teens with trespassing, he said.

"It's really something how homeowners defend themselves and the way the laws are written, we're the ones brought up on charges while the perpetrators get little or nothing," he said.

Davis, who was charged with five counts of felonious assault, told officers he had been annoyed by trespassers and that he was aiming for the car's tires from his first-floor bedroom, police said.

Francis said police do not intend to pursue criminal charges against the girls.

Francis said Davis' home had a reputation at the high school for being haunted by ghosts and witches, and students have been daring each other to knock on the door or go in the yard.

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Man Deported After Drug Conviction Finds Out He's an American Citizen
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — Duarnis Perez became an American citizen when he was 15, but he didn't find out until after he had been deported and then jailed for trying to get back into the country.

He was facing his second deportation hearing when he learned he was already a U.S. citizen. Still, federal prosecutors fought to keep him in custody.

Last week, a federal judge scolded prosecutors for the mistake.

"In effect, the government is arguing that an innocent man who was wrongly convicted should not be released from the custody of the United States," U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn wrote. He ruled that Perez never should have been deported.

The case has gotten the attention of immigration observers, who call it a striking example of the gaps in an overworked immigration system.

Perez became a citizen when his mother was naturalized in 1988 but apparently wasn't aware of it. His lawyer, J. Jeffrey Weisenfeld of New York, declined to release details other than to say that Perez, now in his early 30s, remains in the United States.

"He would like to get on with his life quietly," Weisenfeld said. "It was an unpleasant experience for him."

Perez was deported to the Dominican Republic in 1994 after a drug conviction.

In 2000, he was caught trying to re-enter the United States from Canada. But he wasn't informed he was a citizen until the spring of 2004, after serving three-and-a-half years in prison for that 2000 arrest.

It was not clear why Perez's status wasn't discovered when he first faced deportation. Messages left over three days seeking comment on the case from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington were not returned.

In early 2005, Perez filed a lawsuit to vacate the illegal re-entry conviction. He also has sued the Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice, claiming they had no right to imprison him, and against the Legal Aid Society in Albany, which represented him on the illegal re-entry charge.

Immigration watchers wonder if he can sue for being deported in the first place.

"Beyond legality, it's just an issue of common sense and humanity,'" said Daniel Kowalski, a Texas attorney who publishes Bender's Immigration Bulletin, a publication that tracks immigration issues.

U.S. immigration courts handled 368,848 matters in 2005, a 23 percent increase over the 299,474 cases addressed in 2004, according to U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review.

A spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said the government has no practical way to inform people of their citizenship in such cases because of the complexities involved.

"The responsibility rests fully on the shoulders of the new citizen, so the questions of the citizenship of children are adequately addressed," said Chris Bentley. "Many times, we honestly won't know about it."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Lord, who prosecuted Perez, declined comment when asked if the government would appeal. In a brief, she argued Perez was at fault for not knowing his status, saying he "cannot base his failure to discover the circumstances on the alleged omissions of others."

Estelle McKee with the University of Wisconsin Law School said the responsibility is shared.

"The immigration service has to prove someone is removable. It's their job," she said. "It's remarkable to go through an entire removal process and not know the person is a citizen."

EARS
08-24-2006, 09:30 AM
There is always and abundance of stupid people.

walter34payton2002
08-24-2006, 10:01 AM
First, D.C. needs to get that unconstitutional gun ban off the books. However, that guy was just an idiot. In the second story, this is just sad really. These idiot highschool kids are looking for ghosts in the middle of the night? I was looking for girls in high school, which were about as easy for me to find as ghosts. This guy then shoots into a vehicle when he hears voices outside of his home? Now he is going to prison for murder and a girl is dead. Ghosts? People's lives destroyed over ghosts? Dear god.
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"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; When the
government fears the people, there is liberty."- Thomas Jefferson

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will
look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." --
Mahatma Gandhi

jmz5
08-24-2006, 11:10 AM
There is always and abundance of stupid people.
yup