The Blotter: Former D.C. jail guard faces 15 years for bribery, Virginia's anti-sodomy law ruled unconstitutional, live smoke grenade confiscated at Dulles airport

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Ex-D.C. jail guard admits to taking bribes

A former corrections officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal bribery charge for accepting money to bring contraband into the D.C. jail.

Forty-two-year-old April Johnston faces a maximum of 15 years at her sentencing, scheduled for June 3.

She met in her home in September and October 2011 with an undercover agent for the FBI whom she believed was an associate of a jail inmate. Johnston took $2,500 in bribes and smuggled computer thumb drives into the jail.

She is the second corrections employee at the D.C. jail to plead guilty to a bribery charge in recent months.

Appeals court strikes down Va.'s anti-sodomy law

A federal appeals court in Virginia has ruled that the state's anti-sodomy law is unconstitutional.

A divided panel ruled that the law against oral and anal sex violates the Constitution's due process clause.

William Scott MacDonald was convicted of criminal solicitation for allegedly ordering a person under age 18 to commit a felony -- oral sex. The court agreed that MacDonald's criminal solicitation conviction was invalid because the underlying felony statute was unconstitutional.

Dulles traveler tried to bring live smoke grenade on plane

A Great Falls man tried to bring a live smoke grenade aboard an airplane at the Washington Dulles International Airport.

Transportation Security Administration officers found the grenade hidden under the inner lining of a passenger's bag on Sunday.

Airport police confiscated the grenade and allowed the man to continue onto his flight to Denver. The man was not charged.

TSA officials remind travelers that weapons -- including smoke grenades and stun guns -- are not permitted in carry-on luggage, and travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items.

- Scott McCabe

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