Crime & Justice

LA arson suspect's mom tells court Nazis responsible for fires

In this courtroom sketch, Dorothee Burkhart appears in federal court on fraud charges Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012 in Los Angeles. Burkhart is the mother of suspected Los Angeles arsonist Harry Burkhart.
In this courtroom sketch, Dorothee Burkhart appears in federal court on fraud charges Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012 in Los Angeles. Burkhart is the mother of suspected Los Angeles arsonist Harry Burkhart.
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The mother of a German man suspected in more than 50 arson fires throughout Los Angeles over New Year's weekend made a second appearance in court Friday. Dorothee Burkhart was detained the day before the fires started last week, held on a provisional arrest warrant from Germany.

She faces 19 counts of fraud, including failing to pay for breast augmentation surgery and running a rental scam in Germany.

Friday she again suggested Nazis were targeting her and her son, including saying that the Nazis were responsible for the fires.

She made an impassioned plea to reporters after court closed, turning and telling them that she is not guilty and her son is not guilty.

At one point during the hearing, she stood up and claimed she had been abused while in custody. The judge ordered her to sit down, saying "This is not a show."

The hearing was to determine who would represent her on extradition request. That was not determined Friday and was delayed until next Tuesday, with the hopes that she will have hired an attorney.