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Judge reinstates contempt charges against Somali woman
A federal judge in Minneapolis reinstated contempt charges Tuesday against a Somali woman who had refused to stand in respect to the court during her trial last year on charges related to terrorism. Then he dropped the jail time he'd imposed.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis cited Amina Farah Ali for contempt 20 times when she refused to stand along with others in the court as the judge entered and left the room. He ordered her to serve 100 days in jail -- five days for each time she remained seated after court staff members gave the "all-rise" call.
After the first contempt citation, Ali protested that standing before a judge would violate her interpretation of her Islamic faith. She relented after two days.
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