Director doesn’t contest Houston arrest

Director doesn’t contest Houston arrest

© 2010 The Associated Press

Sept. 8, 2010, 3:48PM

HOUSTON — A documentary filmmaker from India will soon return to his homeland after being convicted of illegally carrying brass knuckles in his checked baggage at a Houston airport.

Vijay Kumar pleaded “no contest” to a misdemeanor weapons charge in exchange for time served during a court hearing Wednesday.
Kumar was arrested Aug. 20 after airport security at Bush Intercontinental Airport found brass knuckles in luggage he had checked for a flight to Canada. Brass knuckles are illegal in Texas.
Kumar’s attorney, Grant Scheiner, said the filmmaker relied on the Homeland Security Department’s travel rules, which stated the brass knuckles could be taken in checked luggage.
Kumar will be returned to federal detention, where he’s expected to be processed and escorted to a plane back to India.
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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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