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All rise? Muslim defendant who won't stand for judge at center of case

Allowing a Muslim woman to remain seated when a federal judge enters a courtroom is a path to chaos and violence, a federal prosecutor warns in new legal documents. On Sept. 18, a judge will hear arguments on what he should do about Amina Farah Ali's refusal to stand during a trial last year. The Rochester woman was convicted of raising money for the terror group al-Shabaab in her native Somalia.
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Allowing a Muslim woman to remain seated when a federal judge enters a courtroom is a path to chaos and violence, a federal prosecutor warns in new legal documents. On Sept. 18, a judge will hear arguments on what he should do about Amina Farah Ali's refusal to stand during a trial last year. The Rochester woman was convicted of raising money for the terror group al-Shabaab in her native Somalia.

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