By Macy Jenkins

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – An unexpected arson suspect on the wrong side of the law tonight. A Sacramento attorney is now behind bars accused of torching a portion of a major interstate.

“That shocks me to hear that,” said Bob Eisenbarth, a paralegal who works in Sacramento. “That she was actually arrested for that!”

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Jessica Ann Warne, 46, has small law practice near Sacramento State. She was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday morning after California Highway Patrol responded to a fire on I-80. It happened on the shoulder of the road near the I-505 interchange in Vacaville. She’s now facing a felony arson charge.

“I’m really shocked,” Eisenbarth repeated. “I would give her the benefit of the doubt.”

Eisenbarth works as a paralegal in the same office building as Warne. She says he frequently sees her in the building and even practices the same type of law.

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“She works hard, she’s diligent,” he told CBS13. “I know that just by association!”

Others who work in Warne’s building told CBS13 off camera they noticed bizarre behavior on Monday. One person said Warne was doing yoga in the middle of a busy street. And another said she had cigarette ash smeared all over her face.

Still, Eisenbarth saw her as a regular attorney.

“I didn’t sense anything off about her,” he said. “She just strikes me as a normal individual, she practices that same kind of law that we do so we have a little bit in common.”

Attorney Jeff Kravitz told CBS13 that clients in civil cases, like adoption or divorce hearings, may be troubled if they find their attorney has had a run in with the law. In this case, Warne has been arrested and charged with a felony but not yet convicted of any crime.

However, Kravitz said for any clients with upcoming court dates where their attorney is awaiting their own court hearing, a judge would likely postpone the case for another time.

“Say your trial is set for next week and your lawyer is in jail, this is automatic grounds for a continuance,” he explained.

Warne’s bail has been set at $25,000 and she’ll face a judge Thursday afternoon at 1:30.

Comments (11)
  1. Samuel Green says:

    “I’m really shocked,” Eisenbarth repeated. “I would give her the benefit of the doubt.”

    Consumer use of dash cams has increased, and probably how they actually determined this person’s cigarette or whatever may have lit the fires. Perhaps a motorist rolling down the street had a vehicle dash cam, and incidentally recorded this attorney purposely lighting the dry tinder.

    She’s probably two eggs short of a dozen due to the nations heat wave and doing to much yoga in the hot sun, while smoking no less, somehow the ember got away from her. 🙂

    Whatever the evidence is with this lawyer, at the end of the day I hope Californians, as struck as stupid as they often are, get a handle on these Ca. wildfires before more loss of life and property and naturally, the wildlife to slow to get away.

    1. And bath salts, spice, too much wine, etc.

  2. Howard Stern practices law? Who knew.

    1. Hell, I didn’t know that old Howard was a tranny…

  3. Jacky Kunzi says:

    As far as the legal community goes, probably “par for the course”.

  4. “An unexpected arson suspect on the wrong side of the law tonight. A Sacramento attorney is now behind bars accused of torching a portion of a major interstate.”

    Is there ever an arson suspect on the “right side of the law”?

    Only the liberal media in liberal California can ask such an asinine question with a straight face.

  5. The only thing I see that’s unexpected is she was caught, don’t light arson fires next to the donut stand.

    1. Craig Jordan says:

      Whatever this statement means

  6. See this on Drudge? It is also on http://www.PressCalifornia.com, which has more real California news.

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