They argued that wearing the burqa or other face-covering veils in public schools, courts and other situations compromised public servants’ neutrality, and that in many cases it is important for their identity to be known. The law passed the lower house of Parliament late Thursday and still needs upper house approval.
Those against the measure have criticized it as merely symbolic, saying there are next to no public servants who wear such veils.
Bell had been fixated on Mc Dermott for some time before the April 22 incident that saw him charged, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Susan Storey said in court paper.
Currently jailed, Bell, 27, has been charged with intimidating a public servant and telephone harassment.
Better stated, 'independence' refers to the need for courts that are fair and impartial when reviewing cases and rendering decisions.
By necessity, it also requires freedom from outside influence or political intimidation, both in considering cases and in seeking the office of judge.
9.45.062 Failure to deliver leased personal property – requisites for prosecution – construction. 9.47A.040 Sale of certain substances prohibited, when. 9.61.230 Telephone calls to harass, intimidate, torment or embarrass.
9.41.300 Firearms prohibited in certain places, local laws and ordinances – exceptions – penalty. 9.47A.030 Possession of certain substances prohibited, when. 9A.48.100 Malicious mischief – “physical damages” defined.
Bell is alleged to have made threatening calls to Mc Dermott before arriving at his Seattle office that day.
In particular, his docket was full of desegregation cases. Busing students from one school to another became a remedy to desegregate schools.
Many people were apoplectic at the thought and their feelings soon became venomous — the obvious target to strike being Judge Merhige. Law clerks hid pennies on his car each morning and checked them each afternoon to make sure that the car had not been tinkered with.
I first became aware of attacks on judicial independence as a young lawyer fresh out of law school in South Carolina, living in Virginia, and having the very good fortune to be a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Robert R. It was the era of desegregation, 1969 in the South.
Judge Merhige, in his words, was "just a public servant charged with calling balls and strikes consistent with the rule of law." He did not solicit controversy, but like so many of our judges, it seemed to come his way.