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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on "John Walker Lindh Sues For Prison Prayer Group"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here is the latest AP story from Charles Wilson. A few quotes:

[John Walker] Lindh testified Monday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis during a trial in a civil lawsuit seeking to overturn the prison policy, which he argues violates a 1993 law barring the government from curtailing religious expression without showing it has a compelling interest. * * *

A cluster of openly armed U.S. marshals escorted the shackled Lindh into the federal courtroom in downtown Indianapolis. The bushy-bearded Lindh, who wore an olive green prison uniform and a white prayer cap, smiled at his mother, who sat in the third row and offered a strained smile back at him. Four of the marshals stood a few feet away while Lindh sat at a table with his attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

He was soft-spoken throughout most of his testimony but became agitated when Deputy U.S. Attorney William McCoskey asked him why he had not stood along with everyone else when Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson entered the courtroom.

"It's against my religion," Lindh said. "This procedure of standing up for people is unacceptable."

He also said he didn't acknowledge the government's authority to restrict his religious practices.

"I don't recognize any law but the Sharia of Islam," Lindh said in response to questioning by government attorneys. "There is no compromise."

Here is the front-page Indianapolis Star story today by Kristine Guerra and Diana Penner.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 28, 2012 09:23 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts