February 20, 2007

Profiles in judicial courage

Although my readers know that I often carp about out-of-control judges -- some of whom are black-robed poltroons prone to forgetting that they were appointed, not annointed -- the truth is that they are the exception to the rule. But there are truly terrible judges on the bench, who, for reasons of ego or the craven need to curry favor with a certain societal group, refuse to do the right thing, the just thing.

Judge Paul Paruck is not one of those judges.

What he is is a jurist uncowed by political correctness, unwilling to be bullied into allowing sharia to creep into our courtrooms, unafraid of the mullahs who demand that the American justice system grant special rights to those who would deny civil rights to women, homosexuals, and dhimmis, i.e., non-Muslims.

Last year, Judge Paruck refused to allow a Muslim woman, a plaintiff in a lawsuit, to testify in court from behind her veil. The judge ruled that she, like all other witnesses of all faiths, must show her face to the jurors and the judge, so that they might determine her credibility -- and know that the person testifying was who she claimed to be.

The judge left it to the plaintiff to decide: remove the veil, or the case would be dismissed.

She refused, and it was.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group with ties to terrorist organizations, wrote an extraordinary letter to the judge, demanding a meeting, so that he might reconsider his ruling.

Judge Paruck's response to CAIR is worth reading in its entirety.

Bravo, Your Honor. Bravo.

Posted by Mike Lief at February 20, 2007 06:26 AM | TrackBack


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