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Newsman gets probation on lowered pot charge

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Longtime CBS News correspondent Howard Arenstein was sentenced to 90 days probation but did not admit guilt on marijuana charges.

Arenstein accepted the sentence on Nov. 23, according to court documents made public this week, seven days after a Magistrate’s Court judge dismissed harsher marijuana-related charges against him and his wife, Orly Azoulay, the Washington correspondent for Yediot Achronot.

Following the Nov. 16 dismissal because a government witness failed to appear, Arenstein subsequently alone was charged for possession — less severe than the original charge of intent to distribute.

Washington police arrested the couple Oct. 2 allegedly after finding 11 marijuana plants and 2-ounce marijuana bags in their home in northwest Washington, D.C. The police reportedly were acting on a neighbor’s tip.

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