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Dead Sea Scrolls defendant: No jail for now

NEW YORK - A blogger convicted of criminally impersonating his father's academic rivals on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls will stay out of jail for the time being. aphael Golb was scheduled to start his two-month sentence on Tuesday. But a New York judge decided Monday to postpone it.

 

Golb hopes to remain free during appeal. He says he merely used satire in support of his father, a University of Chicago professor.

 

An appeals court said a law used in some counts against him was unconstitutionally broad. Defense attorney Ronald Kuby says Golb is therefore entitled to a new trial.

 

The scrolls contain the earliest known versions of portions of the Hebrew Bible.