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Ex-Senate aide faces jail for violating probation
Ex-Senate aide convicted in Abramoff scandal facing jail for bringing knife to halfway house
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A former aide to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran convicted in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal is facing 10 weekends in jail after bringing a steak knife to the halfway house.

Ann Copland's attorney, Drewry Hutcheson Jr., says his client didn't mean to bring a weapon into the facility where she was ordered to spend 75 days on a corruption charge. Hutcheson says Copland's husband brought her a steak to eat in the car while taking her to a psychiatrist appointment, and she inadvertently left the knife and fork in her pocketbook.

Copland, a resident of Vienna, Va., was kicked out of the halfway house in violation of her probation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay recommended the jail time Tuesday, but it must be approved by a U.S. District Court judge.

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