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Dorothee Burkhart, German Mom Of LA Arson Suspect, Faces Extradition

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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. (AP Photo/Bill Robles) | AP

LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the German mother of a serial arson suspect should be extradited from the United States to face numerous fraud charges.

The U.S. attorney's office says, however, that Thursday's ruling does not mean that Dorothee Burkhart will be immediately returned to Germany.

Dorothee Burkhart's 24-year-old son, Harry Burkhart, is charged with 100 arson-related counts involving 49 fires in Hollywood, West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley over New Year's weekend.

In his ruling, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick denied an application by Harry Burkhart to intervene in his mother's extradition as well as her motion to stay the proceeding.

Dorothee Burkhart contended she needed to help her son's defense.

Information on possible procedural paths in the case is expected later Thursday.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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