Remember the 'zombie Mohammed' case, whereby Pennsylvania Judge Mark Martin dismissed the harassment charges that atheist Ernest Perce levied against Muslim Talaag Elbayomy? Elbayomy had become incensed after seeing Perce dressed as a zombie Mohammed in a Halloween parade and attacked him. Martin, who called himself Muslim in the audiotaped proceedings but then later denied it, dismissed the case on the basis of Sharia law. Now a legal organization (the Legal Project) wants an investigation into the illegal, unconstitutional use of Sharia law in a U.S. court.
A legal firm dedicated to ensuring the right to freely discuss Islam is asking the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board to investigate the actions of a magistrate judge who it says failed to protect the First Amendment rights of a man mocking Mohammad.
Sam Nunberg of The Legal Project, an activity of the Middle East Forum, which is representing Perce. He has a problem with Judge Martin's recognition of sharia law.
"This ruling throws out our United States Constitution, throws out our First Amendment, puts Islamic anti-blasphemy defamation of religion laws over our First Amendment, gives it binding in the court system, and lets the defendant off of a crime, rationalizing that what he did would not be wrong in Islamic countries," Nunberg summarizes.
When a complaint was filed about Martin, the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board only "privately rebuked" him for his ruling.
"The Judicial Conduct Board should revisit their decision and should lead an enquiry, which should possibly lead to dismissal," the attorney suggests. "His term extends into 2018. A private rebuke is certainly not something that was fitting of conduct in the courtroom from the bench."
Nunberg believes it is imperative that a judge who makes unconstitutional rulings be removed.
Who knows what will come of it, but Sharia has no place in a U.S. courtroom.