Is a Black Lives Matter pin on a par with an American flag pin or a religious symbol, such as a crucifix or Star of David?
An attorney in Youngstown, Ohio, says yes, but the judge says no.
According to station WISH attorney Andrea Burton was held in contempt of court and sentenced to five days in jail when she refused Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich’s demand that she remove the pin in his courtroom.
Milich told reporters that his political opinions have nothing to do with his decision, adding that political “statements” have no business in a court of law:
A judge doesn’t support either side. A judge is objective and tries to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have a fair hearing, and it was a situation where it was just in violation of the law.